Total loan: $2,150
Detroit, Michigan, MI, United States / Clothing
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A loan helped to purchase a straight stitch industrial sewing machine and some stock for the fall collection, along with some mannequins, hangers, and hang tags.
Emily Ann's story
Emily founded her home-based clothing business in February 2010 while working three days a week at a magazine. She also previously co-owned a grassroots fashion label, which gave her exposure to the industry, helped her to build many contacts in the field, and enabled the confidence and skills to sell her current business products. Emily’s business is an organic fashion label for men and women that sells directly online. Although she is the only employee and relies on interns and volunteers, she is successfully able to sell products through word of mouth, boutique consignments, outdoor festivals and exhibit vendor booths. Emily’s greatest business accomplishment was a feature in a local magazine. Emily hopes to one day expand her business into a vertically integrated design house with on-site manufacturing, enabling both employment and education. With this loan from ACCION USA, Emily will purchase a straight stitch industrial sewing machine and some stock for the fall collection, along with some mannequins, hangers, and hang tags. Additional Information About This Loan This loan has been made as a part of Kiva Detroit and in partnership with Michigan Corps. Kiva Detroit is the first Kiva City, a program where Kiva works with community organizations and field partners in the United States to provide local small businesses with microloans. Michigan Corps is the first community organization to work with Kiva in Detroit, and conducts outreach through small business networks, churches, community foundations, and across many personal and social media networks. Learn more at kiva.org/detroit