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A loan of $1,125 helped purchase fabric and supplies to fill orders and make school uniforms and sports clothing.

Castorina's story

Castorina Vélez Hernández is a 53 year old woman with two children who are 13 and 19 years old, and she does nothing other than work, work, and work in order to provide for her family. Since she was 16 years old, she helped her mother with the art, which she inherited from her, and so now it's the most important source of income for her: making sports clothes. She developed her entrepreneurial ability with her mother and learned to be independent, and this is foundation for the success she now has as a clothing-maker.

Castorina has received three loans from Kiva partner Fundacion Mario Santo Domingo, and with her CrediKiva loan, she will buy fabrics and supplies to fill orders that she has for school uniforms and sports clothes. In her three years of being a customer of this organization, she has made substantial changes, such as having working capital, which she didn't have before and always being excited to get new customers. This shows in her increased sales. Her biggest dream is to grow her business, have her own store, and become known at the local level for her designs. Her constant challenge is to survive in the marketplace through innovation and good service, plus, she wakes up every day and thanks God for allowing her to continue working after an accident that almost bankrupted her, but this is already a problem that she has overcome, and now she is always looking for new horizons that will help her create a successful future for her family.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Olivia Shirley

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