A loan of $400 helped to purchase bags, slippers, blouses, and sandals.

Susana's story

Doña Susana is a hardworking woman who lives in the city of Cartagena. She has always enjoyed being independent and making her own decisions. This is why having a business has significant meaning. Susana is 74 years old and a married woman with seven children between the ages of 34 and 49. She has chosen to stay active through working and generating income because it gives her much joy. Susana spends a great deal of time preparing and selling food in Maicao, a municipality along the border with Venezuela where commercial activity has developed. Since this area is in an indigenous region, she took some of the goods produced by her customers who own small retail outlets along the beautiful beaches of Bocagrande and at the market in the heroic Colombian city of Bazurto. She currently sells this merchandise to her other customers in her neighborhood and the surrounding areas. These items include bags, shoes, and blankets. The loans she has agreed to take out have been based on potential orders from her customers.

Doña Susana has been with Fundación Mario Santo Domingo for six years and has received 14 loans. As a result of working with the organization, she has been able increase her operating capital and experience personal growth. Her goal later on is to relocate her business into a space away from her home so that it will be more attractive to the entire community. With this Kiva loan, she will buy bags, slippers, blouses, and sandals so that she can respond to her customers in a timely manner since they have already placed their orders.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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