A loan of $600 helped to purchase women's sandals to sell as well as a motor to repair a sewing machine.

Emis Arelis's story

Emis is a 37 year-old-woman who lives in Barrio Los Angeles 3 in Barranquilla, where she sells women’s sandals and cheese by the pound. Two years ago when she separated from the father of her children she saw the necessity of looking for a source of income that would insure the wellbeing of herself and her family. Then she found an opportunity to sell cheese from the town of Pivijay in the department of Magdalena, her birthplace. Each time she traveled to make purchases, she observed that there was a potential market for selling a different product that would generate additional income beyond the costs incurred. She then got the idea to sell on credit hand crafted custom sandals made by her brother.

With her first Kiva loan, Emis aims to increase her sales not only by buying a larger number of sandals to sell but she wants to buy a sewing machine motor to repair one she owns and give it to her brother so that he can increase production and expand capacity. This is a family business in that various members each contribute a little to the business and work arduously so that it grows in space as well as in infrastructure, equipped with good machines, and becomes widely recognized.

Emis lives with her minor children, aged 16 and 13, for whom she longs to provide a better future, especially with respect to their living conditions because the place where she currently lives is not the best.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Diane Chaney

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