A loan of $1,125 helped to buy raw materials like: wood, adhesives, nails, screws and accessories in greater amounts.


Yolanda Maria's story

Yolanda María S. S., 31, is strong and hard working. She owns a carpentry shop that was born 8 years ago that her husband used to run. However, with his death four years ago, she was forced to overcome and start to run it herself in order to continue to support her two young, 6 and 10 year old, children.

Yolanda makes multi-use furniture and armoires that she sells in Barranquilla and Santa Marta, a coastal city known as the Pearl of the Caribbean, thanks to its beautiful beaches and conserved natural scenery, its spectacular Sierra Nevada and its protected Tayrona park with its wide range of native flora.

This is Yolanda’s first Kiva loan that she will use to buy raw materials like: wood, adhesives, nails, screws and accessories because she wants to better position herself with her star item, the armoire, now that home construction is booming.

Maintaining cash flow is her greatest challenge and this is why she has been counting on loans from Fundación Mario Santo Domingo to solve this snag in production and continue growing as a small business. This way she hopes in the future to have her dream come true: “that her children have the best education and become successful people who stand out in whatever profession they choose.”

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz



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