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Total loan: $1,125
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Maria Berenice

Colombia
Itagui, Colombia / Sewing

A loan of $1,125 helped to purchase a wrapping machine, a flat sewing machine, and supplies such as fabric and thread to increase her production capacity and fill customer orders.


Maria Berenice's story

Maria is a hard working person who has gone through many adversities in her life and for this reason, she has always had great strength that has allowed her to get ahead. For four years, she was running a general store in another section of town but due to violence in the area, she had to move her business to another part of town. However, her business wasn’t profitable because there was a lot of competition in the new location. It was then that she started dress-making, a trade that she learned over time. With this activity, she began to contribute financially to her household.

But one year ago, her husband died in a traffic accident and now the income generated from her dress-making business is her only source of household income to support her two children, ages 14 and 19. As her work is recognized as being of good quality, she has been in touch with good customers recently. For this reason, she now needs a loan to purchase a wrapping machine, a flat sewing machine, and supplies such as fabric and thread to increase her production capacity and fill customer orders. Her dreams are to be able to improve her household financial situation and to give her children the opportunity to continue studying.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Eleanor Francoletti-Putz



Loan details

Loan length:

26 months
Disbursed date: September 17, 2012

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Loan details

Loan length:

26 months
Disbursed date: September 17, 2012