A loan of $500 helped to buy paint for her house and rent some tables for her daughters graduation which they will celebrate in her house. The other part of the loan she will invest in her clothing business.


Sandra Cristina's story

Young Sandra is 24 years old. She is a single mother of two girls. She studied up until 9th grade and then couldn't continue studying due to lack of economic resources. Since then she started working selling cosmetics, clothes and yuca with her mother, who has four children, one of which has passed away. She lives with her mother and other siblings.

Her mother found a partner who is now sick and she helps her mother financially so she can buy medicine. One of Sandra's children will graduate from kindergarten and the other one is not studying. The young girl suffers with a disease which causes her great pain in her joints.

Sandra has made a living for the past four years selling women's and men's clothing. She learnt this from her mother. She decided to make a living in this activity as she has to provide for her daughters, as their father does not contribute much money and she doesn't have any other type of business activity which can provide income to the household. Her business is itinerant. She doesn't have a stall as she feels she can sell more by going from house to house. She doesn't have a fixed timetable and no-one else in her family helps out.

The loan she is requesting is to buy paint for her house and rent some tables for her daughters graduation which they will celebrate in her house. The other part of the loan she will invest in her clothing business. She wants to buy new styles of clothing for her customers.

The need which will be covered is to celebrate her daughter's kindergarten graduation and to buy products to sell.

Her dream is to be able to have a quiet place to live where no-one will bother them and where her daughters can study and become professionals, as well as allowing the young girl to overcome her illness.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Laura Darby



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