A loan of $575 helped to purchase fabric, thread and other materials and invest in articles such as perfume, clothing, and women's lotion.

Yolanda Margarita's story

Yolanda is 44-years-old and lives in the city of Cartagena with her spouse and her children that are 8 and 19 years old. She has had her business for 15 years in the city she is from. She began her small business buying articles on sale and selling them in her hometown of Carmen de Bolivar, a municipality located in the department of Bolivar. She started the business because she has always liked managing her own money and be autonomous. Similarly, she began her own tailor business making dresses her closest family members. Little by little she has been able to increase her income and today with expectations to grow she has been involved with the Foundation Mario Santa Domingo to get a Kiva credit. This is her first loan with the organization. She will use the money to buy fabric, thread, and other materials to elaborate her work and also invest in articles such as perfume, clothing, and lotion for women. With this investment her business will grow because it allows her to purchase in greater volume at a better price. Her long term goal is to have a point of exhibition in order to impress her market and concentrate on her clients.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Alana Abbitt-McGregor

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