A loan of $975 helped purchase 10 bed covers, 4 fans, 6 DVDs, kitchen supplies, fish, and fruits.


Ana Sofia's story

There is alot of bustle in Ana Sofia G.'s life in the Malambo district in order to maintain the well being of her household, made up of her three sons who are 8, 10, and 12 years old. She has various businesses such as: renting out washing machines, selling bed covers, small electric appliances, fish, and even fruit. She started her first business 6 years ago selling beverages out of her mother's house with the intent of generating funds to help around the house. She initially received a loan of $1,000,000 COP (approx. $530 USD) that she used to purchase a sewing machine and began making bed covers. From this niche market she established she started to offer minor electrical appliances and this way she was able to accumulate more than 30 clients and increase her sales enough to save up for a motorcycle and start a business of renting out washing machines, that is until her motorcycle was stolen. She has been persistantly continuing on and not letting her difficult circumstances debilitate her. Ana Sofia is always looking for new business opportunities and 8 months ago began selling fruit and fish where she has found a stable source of income. This will be her 6th loan with the Mario Santo Domingo Organization who's been supportive and with them she's been able to make improvements to her home. She is currently requesting a loan for 1.800.000 COP ($975 USD) in order to purchase 10 bed covers, 4 fans, 6 DVDs, kitchen supplies, fish, and fruit. Ana Sofia states that despite the many challenges in her personal life she has been able to overcome them; for example, being left alone overlooking her children's education after her husband left the household.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Gustavo Gutierrez



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