A loan of $475 helped purchase of sewing supplies, African print cloth and other fabrics, etc.

Ange's story

This young man, 46, is a tailor and single but raising three children whose age varies from 8 to 5 years. He has been a tailor for 15 years and excels in sewing women's clothing and doing embroidery, which brings in a good deal of income since women are among his best customers.

As soon as he receives his loan, he intends to buy lengths of African print cloth wholesale, other cloth by the meter, and sewing notions such as bolts of lining material, packs of zippers, lace, etc., to use to make dresses and shirts ready-to-wear, to display for sale instead of waiting for orders from customers.

Among his plans for the future, he intends to open a big workshop of cutting, sewing, and training and right now he already has three seamstresses who are in training with him.

He says that being able to put aside more in savings will allow him to grow his business. He does get a lot of orders but he works hard at getting them ready on time so as not to discourage the customers.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Teresa Kramer

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