A loan of $750 helped to buy materials for her workshop, as well as yarn for weaving hammocks, backpacks and to make a few bedspreads that have been requested.

Maria's story

María Esperanza V. V. is 41 years old and lives in the Municipality of San Jacinto. It is a place characterized for making hammocks, bags, hats and accessories with vertical stitching and also for the fact that many women work in making them. In this context, María lives up to the tradition and started her business making handicrafts and all types of clothing. She learned from family tradition, perfecting her skills at Sena (a technical state company) and strengthening them with the loans from Fundación Mario Santo Domingo. She has three children who are 10, 5, and 3 and are all in school, as María and her husband’s efforts are focused on raising them to be successful and well-educated people.

This is María’s second loan with Fundación Mario Santo Domingo. She invested her previous loan in handicrafts, clothing and poultry meat because she looks to earn income in different areas required by her customers. With her loan from Kiva, she will buy yarn for weaving hammocks, backpacks and to make a few bedspreads that have been requested. She will also invest in the purchase of materials for her workshop. She believes her investment will be successful because has orders for hand-embroidered bedspreads, hammocks and bags in the cities of Barranquilla and Cartagena, where she has her biggest market.

María Esperanza is very enthusiastic about her business because it has allowed her to gradually build her own house, located near where her family currently lives. Her goal is to expand her business and set up a locale to exhibit her products, as well as to save for her children’s education. Meanwhile, María continues to have an 18% profit margin and is working hard to increase it.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Kathleen O'Connell

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