A loan of $750 helped purchase rolls of fabric for manufacturing garments.

Sonia Del Carmen's story

For the past 21 years, Sonia Gómez (age 54) has been engaged in productive activities within the apparel business. She is a responsible mother of two children, who are now 24 and 30 years of age.

Her business started when she began receiving contracts to produce clothing for important customers and a few housewives. She also started sewing for neighbors, friends, and relatives on an informal basis. The sales from these two businesses were important for her success, but unfortunately they went bankrupt. Sonia was greatly depressed by her significantly low sales and had to temporarily live off of her savings. Fueled by the love of her family, she started a new job working for a designer and afterwards became independent a few years later with the help of the loans from Fundación Mario Santo Domingo. Upon her return, she named her business “Sonia’s Apparel”, which is located in the neighborhood of Recreo, a busy commercial area in the city of Barranquilla. With these loans she was able to buy an industrial machine that allowed her to continue working independently. Her business now produces a line of clothing for women, including blouses and multi-purpose outfits.

The current loan she is requesting is in the amount of 1,500,000 COP and will be used to buy rolls of fabric for making blouses and multi-purpose outfits to complete her orders. Her goal is to expand her business and move it to a storefront where she can also sell her finished items.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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