A loan of $625 helped to buy clothing and cheese sticks.

Diana Isabel's story

Diana, 53, lives in the town of Sabanagrande, located in the department of Atlántico on the banks of the mighty Magdalena River, the main river causeway in Colombia. She lives with her husband, with whom she has a son, 27. Her business is selling merchandise such as clothing and footwear, and food such as cheese sticks.

Diana started her business three years ago selling party snacks (cheese sticks, mini-empanadas) on the recommendation of her son, who inspired her to set up this business. In the beginning it was a way to make the most of her her time. Once she went about her sales activities, however, she started realizing that the business was giving her income that helped with the household expenses. Diana pays in cash and sells on credit to neighbors and friends. She works from Monday through Sunday from 8 in the morning until 8 in the evening.

This is her first Kiva loan with Fundación Mario Santo Domingo. She'll use it to buy cheese sticks as well as clothing such as blouses, jeans, and footwear.

With this investment she'll increase her inventory, her sales, and her income. She hopes to continue improving her quality of life.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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