A loan of $625 helped to buy raw materials and crafts from La Guajira Department.

Mileydys's story

Mileydis, 30, arrived in Cartagena with her family composed of her spouse and two children aged 7 and 9 years to seek the peace they so desired that did not exist then in the place of their birth. In Cartagena, the only way available to quickly earn money was to work as a domestic in a private home.

But Mileydis decided to study crafts-making because once learning manual arts she would be able to generate income by going into her own business venture. That’s how she did it and putting herself in God’s hands started to make costume jewelry and win over a clientele that liked her products because besides they responded to her customers’ need to be fashionable. This is why she’s done very well in her business and today her goal is to grow even more like she’s been doing hand-in-hand with Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, an organization with which she’s succeeded in acquiring her dwelling in a proper setting which has changed her family’s life.

In face of the growing demand caused by her customers’ daily orders which Mileydis can only respond to it when she collects on her accounts receivable she’s decided to apply for a Kiva loan, her second financing with Fundación Mario Santo Domingo that she’ll use to buy raw materials and crafts from La Guajira Department located in north Colombia because she wants to diversify and add these products that are highly sought after by her customers which will make her investment successful.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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