A loan of $575 helped supplies to make bags, necklaces, earrings and bracelets.

Mara Luz's story

Mara, 40, learned how to be an artisan from her mother and she knows how to make everything using craft materials. Using these skills, she started her own business making necklaces, earrings, bracelets and bags, items that she sells to tourists that visit her town as well as crafts stores that she has been doing business with for years. The market where she sells her goods is growing everyday and her production is down because she doesn't have the working capital to diversify her product line to meet the rising demand. She is currently applying for her first Kiva loan through Fundación Mario Santo Domingo to buy plastic tubing, rice or sisal fiber, thread, clasps, paint and other supplies so she can increase her production. This investment will allow Mara to offer her customers more choices and increase her clientele so that she can finally save and help her son to become a successful professional, something she’s always dreamed of. This is what drives her daily in her work and what she strives to achieve.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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