A loan of $1,100 helped to buy a fire-resistant kiln and raw material.

America's story

América is a 52-year-old woman. She lives in a municipality of beaches, breeze, and ocean, which are the world's most beautiful things. They inspire América to design handicrafts and generate income by selling them to tourists and residents of her municipality. She started her business 21 years ago when a good friend taught her crafting techniques making use of ocean products, such as seashells, snail shells, and rocks. She sells her main products at her point of sale directly to the final consumers, who are mainly taxi drivers, and to vendors who distribute through credit and cash sales. Her goal is to expand her sales offerings to generate more income and be able to remodel her home. América is currently applying for a Kiva loan, her first loan with Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, to buy a fire-resistant kiln and raw material to make new designs and take advantage of the coming holidays. Tourism increases and so will her sales if she has handicraft inventory.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Alyson Trowbridge

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