A loan of $675 helped to buy supplies for her arts and crafts business.

Nidia's story

Nidia C. V. lives in Cartagena, along with her husband. They have two children, ages 22 and 26. They have a business called “Zulú y Pijao," that specializes in crafts such as fabrics, products in porcelain, natural fibers, and paintings. She began this business in 1999, making necklaces and painting, having learned when she was a bachelor student. She eventually diversified into other areas through training as an apprentice in the national service corps, a free State technical institution in Colombia. Her insistence on perfection have allowed her to improve the quality of her products and perfect her art forms. Now she participates in various expositions and fairs, where she exhibits her products near the competition and wins customers.

This will be her second loan through Fundación Mario Santo Domingo. She will use the money to buy thread, accessories, stones, hooks, paints, porcelanicron, laces, and embroideries. She uses these items to develop new products and increase her customer base.

Nilda says that she has been able to grow in terms of working capital, investments, and number of customers with the help of the loans through the institution. She likes her work; her skills, especially customer service. Her goal for the future is to have her own shop, use marketing techniques, tools and technology. This is a great challenge. In the mean time she continues to work hard with profits of at least 20%.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes

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