A loan of $550 helped to buy thread and fabric and to fill her customers' orders.


Edith's story

Edith has made artisanal bags and backpacks by hand since she was young. In addition to being from San Jacinto, the town of the most beautiful hammocks and backpacks in Colombia, her relatives also practiced this trade traditionally, and she learned from them. Today she has her own workshop in her house, where she sells the items she produces that are well liked by tourists. She distributes them also to stores in this town and in cities further away from her birthplace of San Jacinto. Right now, her dream of growing won't stop, and that is why she is willing to put all of her effort into making that happen. But her biggest challenge is that she doesn't have enough working capital to do it. She approached Fundación Mario Santo Domingo to apply for her first loan, because she needs to have more raw materials to fill orders and get ready for the town festivals, when sales increase. With her Kiva loan, she will buy thread, fabric and fill her customers' orders. They are waiting for her to finish weaving the backpacks and bags, because they are very pretty.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue



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