A loan of $725 helped sewing machine.


Benedicta Isabel's story

Benedicta Ballesta lives in Turbaco, within the city of Cartagena, and she makes and sells various items. Her business really began when she was a little girl because she’s always been creative and dedicated to this activity. She was able to acquire her first sewing machine with her savings, now that she has finished raising her children who are well educated and established in university. She did it by doing what she loves the most, making things. Now she wants to do the same for her two grandchildren, ages 6 and 8, whom she cares for.

As part of her business, she makes clothing of every style and she agrees that she needs to continue to work in order to continue to solidify her position in the market. This will be her second loan through Fundación Mario Santo Domingo and she is returning to the Kiva loan queue because she needs to buy dressmaking supplies and materials. She has some orders to fill and also wants to have a variety of items on hand that her best customers have requested.

Since having received her first loan, she has been able to keep a better inventory and is able to respond quicker to her customers’ requests. Her profits have also increased, and this helps her pay her grandchildren’s expenses.

Her short term goal is to acquire a more modern sewing machine, so that she can decrease her production times and improve the quality of her clothing. Even though this reduces her business’ operating costs she has to pay for overlocking [An overlock stitch sews over the edge of one or two pieces of fabric.] Her greatest challenge so getting a collar machine is a short term goal.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes



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