A loan of $300 helped to buy yarn.

Maria Victoria's story

María, 30, lives with her parents and her 8-year-old son in San Jacinto, the land of hammocks and vertical loom crafts, located in Bolívar Department.

She is precisely a craftswoman by family tradition who manufactures crafts with her own hands to sell in a market that she’s gradually built up. This activity started 8 years ago to generate income and be able to educate her son. Her goal is to be a professional and to expand her business until it generates sustainable income that benefits her family.

Currently, María is applying for a Kiva loan, the first financing she’s had from Fundación Mario Santo Domingo that she’ll use to buy yarn in larger volume to qualify for discounts for cash and large volume purchases. She will manufacture purses and backpacks that she has on order and with them she will be able to be more competitive and be able to respond to her customers in a timely fashion; this is precisely the reason for her investment’s success.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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