A loan of $1,100 helped to buy a sewing machine.

Herminda Rosa's story

Anyone in Altos D. San Pedro Mártir, Cartagena, who is looking for a smart new outfit will know who to go to: Candelaria Jiménez D. Castro, who offers these services out of her small store in which she also sells decorative household items and other products.

Candelaria sells items for every occasion, especially accessories for girls, alongsiD. hardware products, but also has a true flair for sewing and repairing garments. For this reason she is seeking another small loan of $2,200,000 Colombian pesos from the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo to buy her very own sewing machine, so she is not totally reliant on using her neighbor's machine.

At first Candelaria had a tiny store in the Blas D. Lezo neighborhood where she sold soft drinks, staples and foodstuffs. Then she became a member of Fundación Mario Santo Domingo and has proven to be very responsible in managing and paying off small loans. Two prior micro-loans have allowed her to increase her working capital and acquire needed furniture and other items; she notes that “my life has changed since I've had the opportunity to grow my own business and develop an entreprenueurial vision, extending this to my home and organizing greater participation of my family in running the business." She is fully confident that she can better organize the store's infrastructure with the help of her family.

Candelaria Jiménez has grown immensely from her community activities, both in her administrative acumen as also in her efforts to improve conditions in her neighborhood, to the benefit of the entire community.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Matthew Cassetta

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