A loan of $1,200 helped buy construction materials to improve the floor, fix up the bathroom, and raise a wall on the patio.

Doris's story

Doris Guzmán R., age 68, lives in the Educador neighborhood in the city of Cartagena de Indias. She has a business where she offers internet services, international calls, and photocopies. Most of her customers are young students attending high schools and universities. Her business started from the time her brother offered it to her in May of 2009. At first she counted on his experience. He stayed with her everyday for two months. That is how she learned to manage it so well.

Doris is single, and she does not have children. She lives with her three siblings. One of them is allergic. The floor in her house is very rudimentary and in bad shape. It emits a lot of dust even though it is constantly cleaned.

She wants to improve the house’s conditions, and that is why she is asking for her second loan for 2,300,000 pesos from the Mario Santo Domino Foundation. She will buy construction materials to improve the floor and the bathroom, which is on the patio. It is also in very bad shape. At the same time, she want her house be more secure by putting up a wall. That way she will have more control over the people who enter. The patio is not sheltered from the neighbors.

Mrs. Guzmán is a very active woman. She participates in the social pastoral community in the church. She also volunteers in the school dining room, which is located in the parish. Her family is characterized as being very united, supportive, and loyal followers of the church of God. Her dream is to be successful in her business projects. Everyday she asks God for it to go well so that she is able to contribute to the generation of jobs in her country.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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