A loan of $1,125 helped to purchase two computer systems.

Gladys Esther's story

Gladys N.'s cheerful expression is a sign of the way in which she lives her life in physical and virtual communications. She has a business called “Comunicaciones Gladys” where she offers Internet, photocopying and 'phone services. As she has achieved a stable market, she has also managed to start selling a variety of goods. She is a widow who lives in the Santa Elena de Barranquilla neighborhood and has 3 children aged from 29 to 33 years old. She began her business career with a dressmaking business after her husband died and she found herself alone and in charge of supporting her family, something which she didn't do before. She arrived at the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo with this initial business as part of a communal bank made up of four members. Gradually her growth became so great that she decided to go it alone, setting up a communications business which is the one she currently has since it is one of the talents for which she is well known. She currently has 6 computer systems and printer. She has already had 20 loans from this organization which have enabled her to provide an education for her children and improve her family's quality of life. The improvements to her home and Gladys' self-sufficiency are well known as is her good repayment history which makes her worthy of the trust of the many institutions which approach her.

Gladys is currently requesting a Kiva loan to update her equipment and get ready for the student holiday period which is fast approaching. Her equipment needs to be working at full speed. Her dream is to adapt her house by building a second level in order to completely separate her business; to own a general store where she can sell her merchandise and, further in the future, she hopes to buy her own car so that she can go out for a drive with her family which is what they deserve after many years of effort. This is her biggest goal.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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