A loan of $1,200 helped to make improvements to the location of her store, such as adding walls and a terrace, to make the business more visible.

Teresa De Jesús's story

Teresa de Jesús V. Hincapié describes herself as a person that is responsible, respectful, and thankful for what she has. She lives in the Olaya de Cartagena de Indias neighborhood, is 40 years of age, married, and has three children ranging in age from 14 to 19. She is a native of San Rafael in the Antioquia department, and came to Cartagena with her family 12 years ago. As soon as she arrived, she started her business selling food and supplies such as meat, yucca, bananas and rice.

They initially moved to several neighborhoods before settling in Olaya, where they have now lived for 4 years in a new cinder block house. The house was constructed by a Colombian foundation that builds basic housing for lower income families. She manages her food business from her home, and requests this loan of 2,300,000 Colombian Pesos to make some improvements to certain areas of the house for the store. She would like to add walls, a planter and a terrace that would help make the business more visible.

Her home is ideally situated on a corner near the entrance to the neighborhood that is well traveled. However, she lacks the presentation that the improvements with this loan could provide. This would be her second loan, having used her previous credit to build a bathroom in the house. In the future, she has the goal of building her business and of seeing her children complete their educations. With this goal in mind, one of her daughters is going to go study in Medellín soon.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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