A loan of $525 helped to purchase ingredients for fried foods and raw materials for merchandise, such as 25 bags, 4 dozen sheets, 4 dozen towels, 7 dozen pairs of underwear.

Yadira Esther's story

Yadira Esther R. V. lives with her spouse and children in the city of Malambo, in the metropolitan area of Barranquilla. She has seven children between the ages of 12 and 30 years old. She prepares fried dishes and also sells various merchandise. Yadira started preparing business lunches 10 years ago in Santa Marta, the capital of the Department of Magdalena. When her husband was transferred to the city of Barranquila, she decided to go with him and continued her business because she has always had the support of her husband her children. For this reason, she was able to start in a new location, where she remained for two years until she received a housing subsidy in Malambo, where she still has her home and continues her frying business. As she is an enterprising woman and she started to meet many people, she started to sell bags, shoes, and household items. She also purchased a sewing machine to open a clothing store.

Yadira has always worked independently which has allowed her to manage her time and to care for her children. With her daughter of 21 years, she also learned to create crafts with foam, with which she has made decorative figurines and obtains additional income when she decorates items for parties or creates home furnishing and sells crafts by the dozen.

She learned of Fundación Mario Santo Domingo and saw an opportunity to improve her business. Before when she needed resources, she looked to the daily pay; although the resources were good, she realized that they were quite expensive and decided not to take part in these lenders. This is her first loan with this organization, amounting to $525, with which she plans to purchase 25 bags, 4 dozen sheets, 4 dozen towels, 7 dozen pairs of underwear and ingredients for fried foods. Her goal is to continue to support her husband to continue to help her large family, increase her sales and income to improve her quality of life and that of her family.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Carolyn Ting

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