A loan of $1,000 helped she will invest it mainly in raw materials so that her husband can make the shoes that his clients have requested; in silver jewelry; and in a variety of merchandise that her clients have requested from her.


Libeth's story

Libeh M. rents a small but cozy house in the Las Colonias de Barranquilla neighborhood. She studied nursing, but she has never worked as a nurse because her first husband died and she had to provide for her young children with faster money. So, since 2001 she has worked selling dresses, clothing, and perfumes. This work has helped her to discover her potential as an enterprising woman. She has grown on a personal level and has increased her family income so that she now feels happy.

Since 2003, Libeh y Guillermo (her new husband, who makes hand-made shoes in a workshop located at their house) have been selling the products that he makes and this is now the main business for this household. Their market is mainly in market stalls located in the center of Barranquilla and in other cities around the country.

Libeh has recieved two loans from the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo [Kiva Field Partner]. The last one was for 2,000,000 COP, which she will invest mainly in raw materials so that her husband can make the shoes that his clients have requested; in silver jewelry; and in a variety of merchandise that her clients have requested from her. Her clients know her and expect that she will find them clothing ítems that combine well with accesories and that are appropriate for different occasions. She knows her market very well and she advises her clients in a way that is valuable to them.

This family’s dream is to buy their own house and they are planning to request the subsidy that the government grants to vulnerable families and to enroll in the Dreams and Opportunities program in the Villas de San Pablo development, which is run by the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo. They plan to purchase a lot so they can have their own house and business in one, so they can quit spending on rent. In order to do this, they are always looking for business opportunities in towns where they haven’t gone yet.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jennifer Day



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