A loan of $725 helped to purchase sheets of crafters' foam, sewing supplies, shoes, paints, and clothing.

Viviana Esther's story

Viviana Elena lives in the municipality of Malambo and she lives together with her two children, aged 15 and 17. Since she was 20 years old she started her business. She learned the business from her mother since she was a young girl when she lived in the city of Soledad, another municipality near Barranquilla. When she moved of Malambo she started her business there. She started out by selling shoes, clothing and other merchandise and the business was overseen by her mother. Later she learned to make crafts out of crafters foam, wood, porcelain and using other media and she decided to start selling. The pilot project was successful but she didn't have enough capital to fill the orders she received so she sought out Fundacion Mario Santo Domingo (Kiva Field Partner) for their support. She accessed her first loan in the amount of 1.200.000 COP and with it she purchased a variety of products, including clothing, shoes and ladies' accessories. She had enough money to purchase materials to make her beautiful crafts.
This is how she managed to supplement her working capital and to make herself independent from her mother.

Thanks to her business she has been able to cover the house hold expenses and her children's education costs; she was able to contribute with her husband to the family's support. This loan is the second she requests and with it she will purchase sheets of crafters' foam, sewing materials, shoes, paints, and clothing. She will endeavor to take advantage of the holiday season at the end of the year when the sales are the highest. Every family enjoys decorating their homes, in preparation for Christmas. Equally they prepare themselves for New Year's Day.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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