A loan of $350 helped to buy merchandise for her clothes store.

Martha Cecilia's story

For 15 years, Martha worked as an employee in a business that sold clothes. However, in 2005 the owner gave her the opportunity to buy part of the business as a result of her good job performance and her responsibility. Now Martha has her own business with which she makes the income she needs to support her three daughters. Since her ex-husband does not fulfil his financial responsibilities towards his daughters, as head of her household Martha must cover all their expenses.

This entrepreneur's business is located in the town of Sonsón, in the north of Antioquia department. She sells underwear, pajamas and sports clothes. Martha must keep her business sufficiently well stocked in order to meet her customers' needs. However, she currently does not have the capital she needs to buy merchandise that she is lacking. She dreams of watching her daughters grow up in a household where finances are not an obstacle to their development. She hopes to improve their quality of life.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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