A loan of $800 helped purchase thread for embroidery on backpacks, cloth for school uniforms, and machine maintenance.


Yenny María's story

Yenny Maria G. Barreto runs a textile shop where she makes crochet backpacks in the city of San Jacinto, Bolivar, a population full of artisans and farmers where neighbors are very unified. She is married with a 10 year old son; her husband is a SENA nurse and has worked in hospitals; however, currently he is not working in the medical field and is running a moto-taxi service with his own vehicle. Yenny is requesting a loan of $800 which she will invest in the purchase of cloth to make school uniforms and take advantage of kids entering school; she will also use it to perform maintenance on her sewing machines and to buy thread to make her backpacks.

In spite of being only 29 years old, Yenny has worked in her shop since she was 17. Initially she worked with a friend who taught her the job, but later she took sewing classes and trained in the SENA how to embroider. She enrolled in the Foundation in 2008 and has grown her business; she has another sewing machine and offers great customer service. Her work has improved and she is very grateful for the loans she has received from the Foundation. Even though she still has difficult moments when sales drop and her family income drops, luckily she works in a shop where she is paid by her own production. Additionally, once when her husband was in an accident and she had to assume all household expenses, she was able to do it through her business. Yenny and her husband don't own their home but they do own a piece of land which they purchased with their savings. One of their goals is to build their own home and place her workshop in it. She also dreams of increasing her sales, studying fashion and having another child.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Scott Crandall



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