A loan of $525 helped to buy high-quality thread to make purses and knapsacks in large quantities.

Elba's story

Elba is a day care worker. That is, she works at the noble job of taking care of the poor children in her neighborhood, supported by the Colombian government's nutrition program. Besides taking care of children whose mothers work or who don't have enough to support them, she works making handicrafts and selling different merchandise.

She began these jobs when she was separated, seeing that her income wasn't enough to cover expenses for her family, her three children between the ages of 8 and 18. With these jobs she has managed to get ahead, from her own home, because more and more she has focused all her effort on her family's well-being.

Currently Elba plans to buy high-quality thread to make purses and knapsacks that have been ordered, but she needs to have the cash available to buy wholesale, to save costs. This is why she is asking for a Kiva loan, her third loan from Fundación Mario Santo Domingo. This organization has supported her since she began, through the methodology of the solidarity groups, in which she learned how to manage her loans well and the importance of paying punctually, as she has done all along.

Elba's dream is to have a very big store specializing in artisanal purses and knapsacks traditional to her native town of San Jacinto, to which she owes her artistic ability.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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