A loan of $850 helped to buy merchandise and to repair her vehicle.

Teolinda's story

Teolinda, age 48, is a woman who struggles tirelessly to give her two children better life opportunities. Due to a lack of education, this woman did not have the chance to enter the work force. Therefore, three years ago she decided to sell coffee, cigarettes, candy, and snacks by going from street to street in her area.

She works every day from three until eight in the morning outside of a hospital. She works from eight until eleven in the morning at the Parque Obrero in the municipality of Itagüí, Colombia. This is the way that this woman seeks, each day, to feed her household.

Thanks to her work in the informal sector, she has been able to give her children an education.

She currently hopes to improve her financial situation. In order to do so, she is requesting a loan to buy merchandise and an umbrella and to make repairs to the vehicle in which she transports her products. She will do this in order to improve sales and generate more income.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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