A loan of $850 helped buy cloth and raw material necessary to make elegant, feminine dresses for women and girls.

Maribel's story

Maribel S. is a seamstress that started her business with the example provided by her mother as her initial teacher and her same nature, which gradually led her to becoming a seamstress; this is why without finishing high school she started taking technical courses until she was able to work at SENA (National Learning Service), where she perfected her art and learned about design and patterns as her main base. Afterwards she moved into women's garments, when she started to work in the town of Barranquilla and afterwards started her business of selling her own designs, sharing the workshop with her mother. Her main customers are the owners of department stores to whom she makes clothing for women, dresses and children's clothing, with the most delicate knittings that according to her only her mother knows how to do. Their shop consists of 4 machines and in the high season her sister and other employees work for her and she pays for their work.

Maribel is a very organized and responsible person that managed to build her business with the guidance of the Mario Santo Domingo Foundation in conjunction with the Barranquilla chamber of commerce. She is always open to learning, and this is why she participates in the management training of this same organization, through which she has received six loans that have allowed her to increase her profits and generate jobs for her own family. She also managed to improve her quality of life and establish a credit history. With this credit she will buy cloth and raw material necessary to make elegant, feminine dresses for women and girls; as the holiday season is approaching she must prepare for this commercial event. Maribel dreams of moving, because she is close to the ocean and the land gets really muddy; whenever there is torrential rain there is no way to use the roads. Her biggest challenge is the humidity of the area, which forces her to give constant preventive maintenance to her machinery. To fulfill her dream of moving, she works persistently.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Esteban Riojas

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