A loan of $1,200 helped to buy fabric to make school uniforms and to buy hammocks to sell.

Mary Margoth's story

Fourteen years ago Mary E. S., 40, was widowed and this presented the greatest challenge of her life, as she had to take responsibility for her family and for the store that her husband left behind and that she could not keep going.

Mary, persistent in her work, managed to develop a workshop where she makes clothing and sells handicrafts to support her family. Today her business is well recommended in the municipality of San Jacinto (in the Bolivar department) and this has made it possible for her 4 children, ages 22 to 30, to enter a profession.

This is the 5th loan that she has received from the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, and she is applying for a sum of $2,300 to buy fabrics to make school uniforms and to buy hammocks so that she can fulfill her orders. She became a client of this organization in 2004, receiving a loan of $1,500 to increase her working capital. This helped her to attract new customers and she has been gradually increasing her customer base up until the present. With this business she was able to increase her economic resources and this has helped her so much in improving her business and also with the education of her children.

Her dream is to continue to make progress in her business; she aspires to open a store once her children finish their studies, and later to have her own house, which she has not had since her husband died.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar

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