A loan of $800 helped buy thread to weave hammocks, and also buy merchandise.

Ketty Judith's story

Ketty Álvarez Vásquez has various businesses. She sells merchandise, telephone minutes, and she sells food with her mother. But, her main job is making handicrafts that are common in San Jacinto Bolívar. It is a municipality that is known for the quality of its hammocks, backpacks, and purses. The women generally make handicrafts, and the men work in the fields. She has three children between 21 and 16 years old. She lives with her life partner. He performs maintenance and paints refrigerators and other domestic appliances.

Ketty is requesting a loan for 1,500,000 COP to buy thread to weave hammocks. She will also buy merchandise. She associated with the Mario Santo Domingo Foundation in 2008. From then on she has learned to manage her debts, which she demonstrates with her very punctual payments. During this time her family income has increased a lot, and her living conditions have improved. Also, thanks to the Foundation, she has a business selling minutes.

She has had difficult situations because of an accident her son had. She had to take a little money out of the business for some time. Nevertheless, she concentrates on her dreams of improving her house, increasing her income by expanding the sale of merchandise, promoting handicrafts, and giving her daughters an education. She is very grateful to belong to the Foundation as a user of their services.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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