A loan of $625 helped to purchase standard and special-order parts for vehicles.

Yamile Del Carmen's story

Yamile is a widowed woman of 42 years who lives in the city of Cartagena with her three children who are from ten to 17 years of age. There she has a business where she sells lubricants and spare parts for vehicles, an inheritance from her deceased husband which in 2006 she was forced to take over once he was no longer around. She got her experience from him, since he had embarked on his independent business venture upon retiring from a business where he worked as an employee, dedicating himself to the business, supported by Yamile, by which today the family is supported.

With diligence and sacrifice Yamile has forged on ahead after remaining alone with her children. She has succeeded in making her business grow and today needs to infuse it with more working capital, as her customer base has grown and she, the business's reason for being, must respond in good time. This is her motive for turning to Kiva for a loan, her first financing with the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, with which she will buy spare parts for vehicles, the ones which most often fail, and because she has many special orders from her customers.

Her dream is that her children would be able to go to school, and that the eldest may be a mechanical engineer as he dreams of being. They are her engine that keeps her focusing her efforts day by day on successfully resolving the challenges she must face.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Meg Wolfe-Roberts

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