A loan of $950 helped to buy merchandise including pants, sheets, towels, school uniforms and blouses.

Lucila's story

Lucila P. D. Martínez, 50, lives in the El Carmelo neighborhood of Cartagena with her husband and their 2 children, aged 26 and 23. Her children are her greatest motivation. She sells general merchandise in a business for which she is requesting a loan of 1.8 million Colombian pesos, which will be invested in the purchase of pants, sheets, towels, school shirts, blouses, and other items demanded by her customers, who are from the various neighborhoods of the city.

Lucila P. D. Martínez was employed by a company, but was laid off so that only her husband was working, and a single income was not enough. Her uncle, who lives in the United States, helped her by sending merchandise that she could sell to her colleagues from her former job, her friends and her neighbors. As each day the demand for her merchandise was increasing, Lucila started to travel to Medellín, Barranquilla and Bucaramanga and was opening new markets. She claims that her business has been the source of significant income at home and even more so when her husband is unemployed and her business must generate the income to pay for the household expenses and the education of their children. Her market is maD. up of neighbors and employees of companies in the city of Cartagena, to whom she supplies clothing, uniforms, blouses, pants and any other items her customers require.

Lucila is grateful to God for her family and for having given her the creativity that she has needed every day to accomplish her goals with a lot of love, thereby getting everything she has in her home and all that her children have needed (education, clothing, entertainment and basic necessities.)

This is the 2nd loan that she has received from the Fundación Santo Domingo. With the first she bought general merchandise and expanded her customer base. Her life has changed with this business, since she can now offer her children a better quality of life, and this provides her with a lot of personal satisfaction. In her business she was able to offer better services to more customers with different needs. Her dream is to see her business grow, to have employees, and to offer her services to many more people and become well-known. Another of her dreams is that her children become happy with their professions, which she believes is the best legacy that she can leave them, and to have her own home. This latter dream is currently her greatest challenge.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar

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