A loan of $625 helped to buy synthetic materials, zippers, canvas, adhesive and thread.

Shirly's story

Shirly, 28, has been making and selling synthetic bags for 10 years. Shirly lives with her 3 children ages 5 to 9, in a traditional neighborhood with a carnival spirit, that combines formal and informal commerce together with residences, alongside one of the most important sports arenas in professional Colombian soccer, where the team beloved by the coastal residents plays: Junior de Barranquilla. Shirley's experience, which she learned from her spouse with whom she decided to start this business out of a workshop in her home, allows her to benefit her family. Her partner works in a factory and also helps her with her business.

The main products that she offers are synthetic bags made of canvas that she sells in bulk and retail, on credit or for cash to a regular clientele that she has built little by little. Her goal for the future is to improve her physical infrastructure and increase her business capital. At the familial level, she plans to increase the quality of her children's education.

Currently she is applying for a Kiva loan, her first with the Fundacion Mario Santo Domingo, through which she will buy synthetic materials, zippers, buckles, adhesives and thread. Her loan will be a success because it will increase her liquidity for production, her sales, and her profits.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Mary Berghaus

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