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Total loan: $550
Barranquilla, Atlantico, Colombia / Services
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A loan helped to buy fabric, thread, and adornments for the clothing she makes.
Yolanda B. M. lives in the 20 de Julio neighborhood [named for July 20th, Colombia's Independence Day]. It is an area that combines a commercial zone and recreation area with a residential zone full of multi-family homes. She runs a business making and selling clothes, which she started in 1995, after learning the trade in a family workshop in 1992. She decided to take up this activity after working as a secretary at a private business, and today she feels very satisfied with her decision because her business generates work. Yolanda works an 8AM to 7PM schedule from Monday to Saturday, and therefore produces many clothes. She stays competitive by being timely and through the prices and quality of her products. This way, she is able to remain stable in the market, because between the stores in central Barranquilla, friends, relatives, and references, she has many clients. She needs to buy materials for her work every three days, so she must have cash on hand to do so. Currently, she is requesting her first loan from Fundación Mario Santo Domingo. She will purchase fabric, thread, and adornments for the clothes she is making. Yolanda dreams of owning a boutique. On a personal level, she feels very successful because her children are professionals, even though she is separated from their father. This is representative of how hard she worked to give them an education and a good quality of life, so that they would be prepared for the future.
Translated from Spanish by Katie Kavanagh, Kiva Volunteer