A loan of $1,650 helped to buy a computer and air conditioner.

Maria's story

Maria is 44 years old, is married and the mother of four young children. They live in San Juan Nepomuceno, a town known for its artisanal tradition, to the north of Colombia. She has a great aptitude for tailoring and the arts and because of this she decided to take a class to perfect her tradition and be able to earn more money to contribute to improving her home.

In a small workshop in her home she tailors clothing and to generate income she also offers internet and communications services. Her goal is to have a larger and well-supplied business where her clients feel like they are in a comfortable environment and well taken care of, where they can appreciate the quality of Maria's work, in her tailoring as well as the administration of her small internet cafe.

This is the reason Maria has turned to a Kiva loan, through which she will buy a computer and air conditioner, to make the building a comfortable temperature and offer services to new clients, that often need to use the internet and will leave if they don't. While this happens, Maria maintains a profitability over her sales no less than 33%, that is projected to increase gradually, especially with her Kiva loan.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Kerry George

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