A loan of $550 helped purchase a computer to expand her internet business, and restock her snack stand.

Levis Maria's story

Levis Maria is married and the mother of three children between the ages of 11 and 17. She lives in Cartagena, where she has a cart selling potato chips, cheese puffs, candy, and other snacks. She also has a number of other businesses, such as tailoring, offering internet service, and selling medications for high blood pressure--which is to say, a little of everything. She studied nursing, but when she was working as a nurse she wasn't able to spend much time with her family, so she quit her job to start working as a seamstress and gradually began selling out of her home and then providing internet service. This is her first loan with the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, because she needs working capital to buy a computer and expand her internet shop, and to restock her cart.
Levis is much happier now that she has this business, because her family is happy and she doesn't have to work late into the night like she did as a nurse. Her goal going forward is to set up in an air-conditioned space and offer, in addition to internet service, ice cream and sweets, and use that additional income to improve her family's well-being and make everyone in her home very happy.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Andrea Rosenberg

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