A loan of $850 helped purchase fabric and accessories as well as pay labor for the sewers she works with.

Mercedes's story

Mercedes M. M. is a 70 year old woman with a goal of having a store for women's and children's dresses. These dresses will include classic cuts, formal and informal designs as well as costumes that would vary with the sales season. She is a woman who knows how to take advantage of the moment with her creativity in order to have consistent sales.

For the past 35 yeas Mercedes has had a business selling women's and children's clothing, She started by noticing the possibility of making a quality product with little startup capital in her town of Juan de Acosta. Since that time she has had her current business selling women's and children's clothing in Santa Marta and Cartagena for which the fabric has been purchased, designs created, and sewn in her home town. Every Saturday she sends orders to these town which are purchased on 8-15 day credits.

She recently made children's costumes since Halloween is drawing near and she is anticipated her clients' needs. Her Kiva loan is her 7th through Fundacion Mario Santo Domingo. She will use the loan to buy fabric, related goods, as well as to pay labor costs. In her 3 years as a client, Fundacion has noted the steady growth in her operating capital through the loans and her business skills.

Mercedes lives with her niece, as she is widowed and has no children. She is adamant in her dream of having a store to sell her goods to the public, since the competition pushes her to be more creative and offer more variety to sustain the business and react to her loyal (more than 20 years) and deserving customers' needs.

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