A loan of $575 helped purchase yarn for making hammocks, satchels, and handbags.

Claudia Patricia's story

Claudia Patricia Álvarez B. lives with her husband and eight year old son in a town near Cartagena. She is 26 years old and a naturally talented craftswoman. Claudia learned this traditional skill from her neighbors. She currently produces woven satchels and handbags on a vertical loom, while her mother makes woven hammocks. Claudia started this business because there were few employment opportunities and these products allow her to generate income from home. In addition, she works three hours in the morning providing cleaning services to a local business. Combined with the income of her husband who works as a motorcycle taxi driver (the most common form of transportation in this area), Claudia is able to support her family. She says she must work long and hard to support, raise, and teach her son so that he can have a better future. After her father passed away, Claudia says life was much harder without him since he had been a great help and was an outstanding presence in her family. Even though he died three years ago, his mark on her life will last forever.

Claudia has already received one loan from Fundación Mario Santo Domingo and since then, her business has generated more income to support her family. She was able to buy a plot of land and furniture for her home. Her family even has their own motorcycle. Claudia is applying for a loan in the amount of 1,100,000 COP to invest in the purchase of yarn for making hammocks, satchels, and handbags. To continue moving forward, her goal is to have her own house and her own business location for either a craft shop or a drugstore since she has previous experience and pharmacy training.

Translator profile picture

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

Loan details

Lenders and lending teams

Loan details