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A loan of $475 helped to buy yarn to make backpacks and purses.

Mirly Isabel's story

MIrly works making and selling crafts like backpacks, purses, cases and accessories. She started her enterprising alternative when still very young because it’s tradition among women in her native San Jacinto and with it she’s managed to support and school her children who are now 14, 17 and 21 years of age. She sells her products by traveling to Sincelejo, a city in the northeast of the country, on the Colombian Caribbean coast. She also sells from home where she lives with her spouse and children. Her goal is to expand her customer base and to sell other crafts too make in various parts of the country and to expand her productive capacity. She’s currently applying for a Kiva loan, her first financing with Fundación Mario Santo Domingo to buy yarn to make backpacks and purses she has on order; her presales are what guarantee effective sales thus insuring her Kiva loan’s success.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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