A loan of $1,125 helped to purchase materials to make dools and to purchase clothing.

Carmen Cecilia's story

Carmen T. is an enterprising woman and she loves commerce. She works sells toys and she also sells other various types of merchandise in the city of Monteria. She travels there with frequency. She is a widow and she has 5 children between the ages of 36 and 42.

She requests a loan to invest in the purchase of materials to make her dolls, such as fabrics, faces and threads, as well as to purchase merchandise such as clothing to ready her clients for the end of year holidays. She will make her sales in the city of Monteria but there she will also purchase milk products such as cream, butter, whey, cheese, and white corn cakes to resell in the city of Cartagena. She started out selling her merchandise through a catalogue but gradually she started selling clothing imported from the city of Medellin where the quality of clothing is excellent. She started adding more items to sell based on customers' requests, including gold jewelry. But it was though her shoe sales that she became known in all the villages in the Cordoba region and throughout all of Columbia. She purchased merchandise in each place she visited. This is her second loan through Fundacion Mario Santo Domingo. With the previous loan she supplemented her working capital and she is appreciative of the support, indicating that it was better than going to a bank. Her dream is to improve the quality of her dolls and to one day have a restaurant because she loves to cook.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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