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Mariano Felipe
Mariano is a 34 year-old married man who is the father of 2 children.

He shares his life with his wife, who is a dressmaker. His children attend elementary school and are involved in sports. Mariano is a tailor by profession; his specialty is making suits for the traditional folkloric dances. He also makes pants and suits. His wife is a stylist, and she makes women's dresses; she also works sewing and designing all types of suits. Together they have a sewing workshop. His work is well-known by the public, who come to him months before carnival, when they will wear the new costumes for the year. People start making their orders for next year's festival right after the current year's carnival festival ends.

Mariano's work is rigorous, and he takes part in the work of clothing hundreds of dancers who year after year come to the city of Oruro to demonstrate their devotion to the Virgin of Socavon. Year after year, he has suffered from the same problem: a lack of financial capital to buy the supplies such as fabrics, sequins, synthetic feathers, etc. "Every year we struggle to get the money we need to buy our supplies, and many times we can't finance it and we lose work," comments Mariano.

Mariano wants to expand his customer base to raise his production and thereby increase his income in order to give his children a better future. This is why he is requesting a loan to buy supplies to make traditional folkloric suits.
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Mariano es un hombre de 34 años de edad casado y padre de dos hijos.
Su vida la comparte con su esposa que se dedica a la costura, sus hijos estudian en la escuela primaria y se dedican a la práctica de deportes.
Mariano es sastre de profesión su especialidad son los trajes para danzas típicas folclóricas también realiza pantalones y trajes de vestir, su esposa es modista y confecciona vestidos de mujer también colabora con la costura y diseño de todo tipo de trajes. Juntos comparten un taller de costura, su trabajo es reconocido por su público que acude a ellos meses antes del carnaval donde se estrenan todos los trajes anuales, los pedidos de trajes para esa fecha comienzan inmediatamente después de la fiesta del carnaval para la misma fiesta del año próximo. Su trabajo es riguroso y comparten la labor de vestir a cientos de bailarines que año tras año peregrinan a la ciudad de Oruro para demostrar su devoción a la virgen del socavón. Año tras año él sufre un problema en común, es la falta de capital económico para la compra de material de confección como; telas, lentejuelas, plumas sintéticas, etc.; “Todos los años sufrimos para conseguir dinero para la compra de nuestros materiales de trabajo, muchos veces no podemos financiarlo y perdemos trabajo”, comenta Mariano.
Mariano desea incrementar sus clientes para subir su producción y así mejorar sus ingresos para darle un futuro mejor a sus hijos.
Es por ese motivo que Mariano solicita un préstamo para la compra de material de confección de trajes típicos folclóricos.

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  • $5,500
    Average annual income
  • 136
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  • $32,164,750
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Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,500 helped Mariano Felipe to buy supplies to make suits for traditional folkloric dancers.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jun 16, 2014
Jul 9, 2014
Currency Exchange Loss:
Apr 17, 2015