Total loan: $250

Marelis Isabel

Barranquilla, Atlantico, Colombia / Arts

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A loan helped to invest in materials like ribbons, elastics, and other accessories.

Marelis Isabel's story

Marelis is 30 years old. She is a micro-businesswoman who started her business as a fun pastime when she took classes in an academy to learn to make hair accessories to adorn hairstyles. However, upon observing the reception her accessories (decorated elastics, headbands, barrettes, and hair bows) got among her friends and acquaintances, it didn't take long before she realized that this was the business opportunity that she was waiting for.

Currently, she has five years of experience selling her creations in variety stores and shops located in Barranquilla from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. This business has allowed her family to enjoy a better quality of life.

With the objective of increasing her production, she is applying for a loan, her first Kiva loan with Fundación Mario Santo Domingo. She will invest it in raw materials like ribbons, elastics, and other accessories. Her goal for the future is to have her own shop and to remodel her house.