A loan of $325 helped to buy brooches, hairpins, patches for backpacks, and thread, fabric, and gems.

Tatiana Paola's story

Tatiana is 43 years old. She lives in the city of Cartagena de Indias where she makes handicrafts and sells beauty products. With her business, which she started two years ago, she contributes to her family's upkeep and especially to that of her one-year-old daughter, whom she wants to provide with the best so that she has the best possible well-being. A native of a municipality in the department of Bolivar, she learned to make handicrafts, which are recognizable as part of the traditional culture of her native San Jacinto. Her efforts to get ahead have led her to work in sales as well, selling door-to-door to make her business grow and to support her household. Little by little she has been able to increase her capital, but her growing clientele, especially in this last trimester of the year, has increased demand for her products. This is why she is applying for a Kiva loan, which will be her first loan with Fundación Mario Santo Domingo and which she will use to buy brooches, hairpins, patches for backpacks, and thread, fabrics, and gems. Her goal is to grow her business by working carefully, so that, with God's help, she can get ahead.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Alyson Trowbridge

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