A loan of $1,100 helped to buy raw materials, like soles, tags, and decorations in bulk.


Maria's story

Maria, 35 years old, is a married woman who lives with her husband and four children, between the ages of 9 and 19 years old, in the south of Barranquilla. She has 23 years experience in shoe production, and her family, on the part of her husband, makes a living from this work. They sell in chain stores in the Atlantic department and in the municipality of Maicao in the Guajira department, as well as northern Colombia. Maria needs to have varied and modern merchandise to make an impact on her customers, but her money from work is her biggest challenge. This is because it is not enough for their purpose. This is the reason why she is going to Kiva loans, the first financing that she is getting from Fundación Mario Santo Domingo and through which she will buy raw materials, like soles, tags, and decorations in bulk to get the best prices and increase her production. She makes her sales on loan and with cash, and her main customers are generally warehouses and corner shops. She plans her Kiva loan to be successful because it will allow her to access new customers and earn more income in the season of May, in which the day is celebrated to be able to reach her dream of family prosperity day by day. This nothing more than for the well-being of her children, especially on the subject of higher quality education.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Clemens Mayer



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