A loan of $650 helped to buy fabric, ornaments, and dressmaking supplies, and make garments already ordered.

Diana Esther's story

Diana E. is endowed with creativity and an enterprising spirit. Some thirty years ago, she taught herself to cut out and sew clothing for her children. As her neighbors admired her work, they started commissioning her to create clothes for their own children. Thus she grew, because many of her neighbors began to place orders to market them, as she improved her technique and added other lines, such as for ladies and men, which she currently offers. She states that she has had four loans with the Mario Santo Domingo Foundation, which she has invested in new sewing machines and trimming attachments. With the profit from her business, she has remodeled her home, in particular setting up two rooms for her children to sleep comfortably. Right now she is applying for $1,200,000 COP, to buy fabric, ornaments, and dressmaking supplies, and to complete garments ordered from her.
Her main goal is to set up her shop in the lower section of her house, and have a large tailoring workshop generating many stable work sites, in particular for her daughter, who has a language disability, and to whom she is teaching this lovely, thriving profession.

Diana is very happy where she lives, that is “Cartagena D. Indias.” She has five children, ranging in age from 27 to 40. Although separated, she is a woman who has built her home with her business, “Variedades Diana,” where she dresses men, women, and children, and takes care to offer an image appropriate to lifestyle.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Mary Jane Wilkie

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