A loan of $1,075 helped purchasing supplies such as yarn, ornaments, and lining for making handbags, and yarn and ornaments for making hammocks.

Noreidis Judith's story

Noredis A. is a young artisan and merchant. She lives with her husband and their two small children in San Jacinto, a town in the department of Bolívar. The town is well known for producing hammocks, backpacks, and the most beautiful crafts in Colombia, and that is precisely what Noredis does in her business. She learned this trade as a family tradition, and her job now allows her to help her family improve its quality of life. Through her job and the help she has already received, Noredis is working so that she can purchase her own house and provide a decent life for her children. She is also a social worker who belongs to the farmers and artisans cooperative, which has industrial sewing machines for the use of its members.

This is Noredis’s second loan with the Mario Santo Domingo Foundation. She has participated in its programs for a little less than two years—her first loan was cancelled because she invested a large part of the capital in purchasing a plot of land and had to wait to recover more of her investment. She is now seeking a loan of 2,000,000 Colombian pesos so that she can purchase supplies such as yarn, ornaments, and lining for making handbags and yarn and ornaments for making hammocks.

Her dream is to have her own house with premises for her business, and for her business to grow so that she can ensure her children’s future. The biggest challenges that Noredis faces are above all her relations with her family, since there are few employment possibilities in the town where they live.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Chris Knutson

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