A loan of $1,100 helped buy fabric, decorations, thread, and accessories to take to his mother’s shop to make women’s garments.


Rafael's story

Rafael Rodríquez P. lives in the city of Cartagena. He sells clothes there in a very unique way. He buys the fabric and supplies. He then orders the clothes to be made, especially women’s clothes. He takes advantage of his mother’s seamstress shop, which she has had for over 20 years. Rafael’s business is very profitable, and he gives a percentage of the profits to his mother.

This is his fourth loan with the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo. He has belonged to this organization for a little over three years. It has helped him grow independently and as a businessman. With the profits from his business he has managed to buy a sewing machine for his mother.

This has generated great family unity. His big dream is to make a strong work alliance with all of his family and to open new markets to increase his productive presence. His biggest challenge is to get together the capital to accomplish this.

Rafael will use the loan to buy fabric, decorations, thread, and accessories to take to his mother’s shop to make the women’s garments that are on order. He will take advantage of the end of the year festivities that are approaching.

He aspires to increase the number of customers he has. He also wants his profits to increase during this time of the year when there is great commercial activityt.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish



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