A loan of $1,150 helped to purchase a larger amount of materials for sale, to make her bags, and purchase medicines for her pharmacy.

Yenis Maria's story

Yenis is 46 years old, has a nine year old son, and lives in the town of San Jacinto, located in the department of Bolivar. It is very well known for its vertical weaving that the women pass from generation to generation. Everyone learns the thousand year old techniques as a child and they are the most complex and elaborate expression of craftsmanship.

This is the work that Yenis has always done, making bags and other crafts. She also sells the materials to do weaving, and has a small pharmacy. Initially, she only sold medicines and wove as a hobby, but later she turned her business towards selling crafts because she could take advantage of her store and it generated more income and also served women who needed materials for their handiwork. She did this without stopping the sales of her conventional medicines.

Yenis has received four loans from the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, and this Kiva loan is her fifth. With this loan, she will purchase a larger amount of materials for sale, and to make her bags and for more medicines in her pharmacy. With the good management of her loans during her five years with this organization, Yenis has improved her life and the life of her son, and for this reason, she wants to continue with the goal of growing her business. She has already purchased display cases and organized her store, and now has much more business. This makes her very happy, because she has new working capital that well invested will generate a return on sales of no less than 11%.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Eileen Lloyd

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