A loan of $1,150 helped to buy sewing and mop-making supplies.

Judith's story

Judith is a widow living in the city of Cartagena; she has four children whose ages range between 36 and 50 years. Her business history started 25 years ago when her creative capacity led her to an activity she could use to develop her potential and to generate income. This was how she organized her own workshop and with it has managed to support herself by her own means and to support her home’s wellbeing.

Judith doesn’t like to depend on her family and lives proud to know that at the age of 74 she’s still producing money. She helps support three grandchildren’s university expenses and she prays to God that He gives her life and health to see them become successful professionals.

Her business consists in manufacturing mops and also various lines of clothing as well as selling assorted merchandise. Her clientele is composed of referrals from customers around her neighborhood and adjacent zones. Her goal for later on is to have a locale and to move her business to a more strategically located spot to increase her market of customers and this is precisely her greatest challenge.

At present, she’s applying for a Kiva loan, her first financing with Fundación Mario Santo Domingo that she’ll use to buy fabric to make women’s clothes she has on order and raw materials to make the mops and to increase production in the same ratio her clientele and marked demand has grown; she will also buy varied merchandise to have inventory on hand to respond to the May celebration which means the biggest sales in women’s articles: Mother’s Day. This strategy allows us at FMSD to visualize success for this investment.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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