A loan of $800 helped buy materials to make necklaces, earrings, anklets as well as makeup, backpacks, and dresses.


Patricia's story

Patricia Martínez is 34 years old and lives with her partner and 4 children, who are between 8 and 15 years old. They live in the City of Bicentenario, one of the places of Dreams and Opportunities, an integral housing and development program for sustainable communities, led by the Mario Santo Domingo Foundation (Kiva’s field partner). She is a vey enterprising woman that began her business of selling various merchandize when she lived in another neighborhood and was transferred to this community because of cracks in her home. In Bicentenario she began her work once more, with old customers and new neighbors, with her business called “Variedades Yanny.” Patricia sells her merchandize for the consumption of the community by selling backpacks, trousseaus and everything pertaining to costume jewelry (which she handcrafts herself) while the merchandize is bought at a good price to be sold on credit and cash. This is her first loan with the Mario Santo Domingo Foundation; she will buy materials to make necklaces, earrings, anklets as well as makeup, backpacks, and dresses. Her dream is to add new shelves and display cases and fill them with many products needed by the community which many times she does not have. She will work hard with her partner in meeting her goal of educating their children because that is their main objective, to help them become successful professionals.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer



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