A loan of $1,075 helped she will use the loan to purchase fabrics, accessories and a button machine for her seamstress business. The income from her business supports her two children and pays for their education.

Carola Cenith's story

Carola C. lives in the city of Cartagena with her two children ages 13 and 14. Her life has been dedicated to raising and educating her children. Carola earns a living as a seamstress, making all kinds of clothing for women, men and children. 16 years ago, Carola finished studying fashion design and decided to learn a business where she could use her skills and her creative potential. When she started, she first made clothes for women, and then gradually learned more and expanded her business to include many diverse garments. This has given a big push to her personal and professional growth. The income from her business has gone to cover most of their household costs. This is her first loan with the foundation Mario Santo Domingo, and she plans to use the money to purchase various fabrics, accessories and a button machine. Carola's dream is to have a boutique where she can show her beautiful designs and increase her income. All of this is so her children will have the best education possible, which is the biggest challenge Carola faces.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Emily Charnes

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