Sirley Milena’s story
Sirley is a 36-year-old woman who fulfills her role as head of household with excellence. She is very responsible with her business, and she is dedicated to her work, with the goal of ensuring good results which she contributes to the finances of her home.
She lives with her husband and children in the nation’s capital. For 14 years she worked for private companies, but she resigned and started her own business, in order to devote herself to caring for her children, especially the youngest who is just one year old.
With funds from her settlement she opened a store where she sells supplies and groceries, snacks, drinks, liquor and other articles. Every day of the week from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. her business is available to satisfy the needs of her customers, who are mostly neighbors or people passing through the area.
Sirley is processing her first Kiva loan through the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo in order to make improvements to her shop. To do this she needs building materials such as sand, gravel, rebar, cement block, among other things.
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About Fundación Mario Santo Domingo (FMSD):
Fundación Mario Santo Domingo (FMSD) is a non-profit organization in northern Colombia dedicated to developing programs for the country’s poorest communities. In addition to numerous social services, FMSD runs a microfinance program to strengthen micro-businesses in the areas where it works. The organization also offers several non-financial components as part of this program, including training to help entrepreneurs start their own businesses.