A loan of $725 helped to purchase more raw materials for sewing traditional costumes.

Tseelham's story

Tseelham J. lives with her husband and three children in the Chingeltei district of Ulaanbaatar, the capital city of Mongolia. All three of her children are high school students.

Tseelham has a small sewing shop. In 2004, she rented a small working space in the basement floor of an apartment building in the city. In Mongolia, it is common for apartment owners to rent out basement space for commercial use and it is usually the cheapest working space available. She sewed various clothes for children, using a manual sewing machine. After lots of hard work she has expanded the business by purchasing two automatic sewing machines. Her business capital has increased from 150,000 MNT ($1 USD=1500 MNT) to 1,800,000 MNT.

She requests a loan to purchase more raw materials for sewing traditional costumes. In April and May, there will be graduation ceremonies for colleges and universities. In Mongolia, it is a tradition for girls to wear traditional costumes during their graduation ceremonies, which causes demand for traditional costumes to spike. In the future, she would like to have her own work space, from which she could run her business more efficiently and comfortably.

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