A loan of $1,025 helped to buy fabric and repair sewing machines.


Maria Isabel's story

María Isabel Rúa M. has two children in their 20s and 30s. She lives in Palmar de Varela, a town on the Magdalena river delta in the east of Atlantic State. Although she makes clothing now, she first started in business selling beauty products, pursuing her dream of independence. Eventually, by making the most of a little she inherited from her family, María set up her tailoring business. She makes men's trousers, girls' dresses, bed covers - and other garments, whatever is fashionable and whatever her customers request.

This is María's secoond loan with Fundación Mario Santo Domingo. She has develeoped a good relationship with this organisation because they financed her loan at an affordable interest rate and on a fair payment plan. She is seeking the loan of $1025 to buy fabric and have her sewing machines overhauled and repaired. Ultimately María aims to buy a more advanced sewing machine so that she can take on bigger projects, but she will wait as this would be too large an investment at present. For now her goal is to involve her daughter in the business and take on more work. María is optimistic that this will happen.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Rosa Oswald



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