A loan of $600 helped to buy 3 washing machines and to repair 2 others which require maintenance.

Carmen Cecilia's story

Carmen runs various businesses, one of which is quite peculiar. She has been running a reinforced carton dividers business for more than 10 years, in which many important companies pay her for labor charges as Carmen and her family of 7 children carry out the work and earn money for doing so. She also runs a cafe selling soft and alcoholic drinks on the weekends, and she also hires out washing machines for a day at a time. Within her home, she lives and breathes the concept of 'work to earn' and that is the impression received by everybody who visits the home of this hardworking 60 year old woman. Although she has never studied much, as a widowed head of her household she has succeeded in helping her children to make good progress and in maintaining a constant income to ensure their well-being. Carmen has a refrigerator and a music player to create a good atmosphere for those who come to drink beer at her home. All of her businesses are successful as she has the same customers for each, and she uses one business to promote her others. Recently, 2 of her 3 washing machines developed technical faults and she needs to repair them in order to continue offering this service. Consequently, she is applying for a loan - her first - from Fundación Mario Santo Domingo which she will use to buy 3 washing machines and to repair the 2 requiring maintenance. Her strong client base, her effective management of her business, along with her skill and capacity for work means that this loan will be successfully invested and will be a real help to Carmen.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Caroline Reiss

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