A loan of $1,125 helped to buy shoes, women's dresses, and children's dresses.

Leyder Maria's story

Leyder Fernández Ramírez is 31 years old and lives in the city of Cartagena with her two children, who she dreams of one day seeing as great professionals with successful futures. In order to achieve this, she strives daily in her business of selling various merchandise. She is a woman with great responsibilities as the head of her household.

Leyder started her business with selling clothing and shoes among her neighbors and friends. Gradually, her business was growing and she found a way to earn a living as an employee of a company. Her relationships there have allowed her to expand her business because she has earned many new customers there.

During the three years she has worked with Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, she has succeeded in increasing her working capital. She has also participated in the business advisory services, which have helped her to look at her business as a company. She will use this loan, the second she has received from Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, to buy shoes, as well as dresses for women and children. She will take advantage of the fact that Christmas is approaching, which means that her clients, who are workers, will be receiving bonuses and allowances. They have charged her with making sure that they look elegant, which she has always done.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Katie Kavanagh

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