A loan of $750 helped purchase materials & supplies for making surgical clothing.

Carmen Cecilia's story

Carmen is 62 years old, married, and has three children between the ages of 30 and 48. She lives in the neighborhood of La Unión in southern Barranquilla. Carmen is a very spiritual and responsible woman. She participates in a prayer group in which her neighbors enjoy the year-end celebrations that are paid for using their joint savings.

Since 1986, Carmen has been manufacturing surgical garments. She began working at a clinic as a surgical clothing seamstress making bed sheets and gowns for patients, doctors, and medical personnel. Carmen perfected her skills through her previous work making casual clothing for women and men from a domestic market where she could catch up with her friends and neighbors. She quit that job after 19 years, but has worked as an independent surgical seamstress since 2005. Carmen currently operates her business out of her home. Her clients incluD. laboratories and rehabilitation centers. Through her business, she accomplished several goals, specifically ones related to the education of her three children and acquiring her own home.

Since Carmen needs to buy materials, such as fabric for producing surgical clothes, she is requesting her fourth loan from Fundación Mario Santo Domingo because she is constantly facing challenges related to cash flow. These institutions that are her clients take up to 60 days to pay for their orders. With the Foundation on her siD., Carmen has been able to improve her business processes as a result of the training classes she has attended. She also was able to formalize her business through a registration and legalization program that the Foundation offers.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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