A loan of $1,075 helped to buy merchandise like women’s clothing, shirts, pants of all brands as well as to buy ingredients and supplies to make ceramic decorations for which she already has pending orders.

Alix Alicia's story

Alix Jiménez G., 46, lives in the Siete de Abril neighborhood in southwest Barranquilla with her husband and four children who are between the ages of 14 and 28. She sells merchandise like women’s clothing and unisex pants. She also makes ceramic crafts.

She was married at 17 and three years later took courses in SENA (National Learning Service) in ceramics and cabinet making and started working in these crafts. Later she took the beading course and added these skills to her business making decorated shirts. As she expanded her market she added other commercial activities and five years ago included general merchandise and specialty magazine sales.

This is how she started out with Fundación Mario Santo Domingo and her business has been evolving. Sales increased with the addition of new loan capital. Her profits have greatly increased family income. This is her second loan with this Institution and she will use it to buy merchandise like: clothing for women, shirts and pants of all brands. She will also buy raw materials and supplies to make ceramic decorations that she already has pending orders for.

She dreams with her children becoming professionals, people that are useful to society. She’d like to have a location to display her ceramic items and crafts as well as to continue updating her skills to improve her business’ vision.

Her most important challenge is that her children continue along the path of good habits and this makes her be very alert to the way they are developing. Her greatest challenge is competition but she always has new strategies to face it taking advantage of the fact that her neighborhood has improved the infrastructure of its roads and commercial spaces have increased because the neighborhood has many gastronomic activities that lead to unity in the community which in turn lead to social growth.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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