A loan of $1,650 helped to purchase shoes, blouses, and jeans.

Celia Patricia's story

Celia is 47 and she is a merchant. She sells shoes, clothing, and accessories in the town of Barranquilla, where she lives with her husband and their eighteen-year-old son.

She attended SENA (National Learning Services), a public organization which invests in social and technical development for Colombian workers, and started her business venture, which she has been working on for thirteen years now. She sells women's shoes and clothing to people in her neighborhood, near the Metropolitan Stadium in Barranquilla, a Colombian soccer field.

Celia has applied for a Kiva loan, which is the first financing she requests from Fundación Mario Santo Domingo. She will use it to purchase shoes, blouses, and jeans, which are her most popular items. This will allow her to increase her stock and also her sales.

Some day she would like to open her own retail store, or perhaps go to cooking school at SENA, because cooking is another of her main passions.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Mariana Sanchis

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