A loan of $800 helped to pay for her daughter's college education.

Blanca Inés's story

Blanca Inés C. owns the Blanquiset laundry which is located in her home. She also sells products from specialized catalogues. She lives in Barranquilla's La Ceiba neighborhood with her husband and three children, who range in ages from 24 to 18. She has been associated with Fundación Mario Santo Domingo for over 10 years. During this time she has seen her business grow thanks to the loans from this organization.

Recently, her eldest daughter graduated from university and she is now requesting funding to pay for her second daughter's university education in the field of nursing. She highly values education for her children and is looking for ways to provide for her youngest, who is still under her charge. This is the reason why she moved to the La Ceiba neighborhood because it's more family oriented and more prosperous so the residents there tend to be more studious and set a good example.

She used to work in a private home, the owner of which worked for a laundry service. Gradually, he began to fall short of expectations and, because of Blanca's behavior, she was asked to take over the business. Later on, she became independent and opened her own laundry which she started with a home washing machine that her husband gave her. Over these ten years, with help from the Fundación, the business has produced enough to buy two more washing machines.

She is grateful to the Fundación for the help it has given her. On a personal level, her business has provided her with independence and now she feels more sure of herself.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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