A loan of $575 helped to buy threads, stones, steel, totumos, and seeds at wholesale, for cash.

Sadith Esther's story

Sadith makes crafts such as bracelets, weavings, and the other handicrafts that she sells to customers at her stand. Her main raw materials are coconuts, seeds, thread and totumos, a fruit that grows in Colombia with a tough peel that hardens when it's ripe.

Her art is part of a tradition, dating from the pre-Columbian era. The indigenous Mocanás who inhabited the central and Atlantic south parts of the country, used these gourds to make dishes called totumas, canteens in which they stored milk and water, and for decorative purposes, as Sadith does.

Since 2004, when she was studying for her diploma, her partner taught her this skill. Currently both work at her stand, located at a busy corner near a shopping mall, which enables her to increase her sales every day. That's why she works tirelessly from Monday to Sunday, from 10:00am to 9:00pm.

Her competition is intense, but she has a good stock, and this is precisely what attracts her customers; besides how well she treats them. At present, she is applying for her first Credikiva, which is also her first loan from the Fundación Santo Domingo. With the money, she will buy thread, stones, metal, totumos and seeds at wholesale, for cash, so that she gets a lot of discounts for volume purchase and for paying cash.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jeff Goldie

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