A loan of $850 helped to buy fabric and supplies for making women's clothes. She will also buy a 'máquina recubridora' (a special kind of sewing machine used for hemming).

Amelia Rosa's story

Amelia is 50 years old and lives in the town of Soledad, together with her husband and her 26 year-old son. Her business is sewing products such as dresses, shirts, blouses and bedspreads. She also sells merchandise which she receives from Medellín such as jeans and t-shirts. Amelia has been in business for 10 years. At her family's suggestion, she started making clothes for them and, with her own financial resources, she acquired a simple sewing machine, a flat machine and an overlock machine. Her business gradually grew. Now her business is well known owing to the great creativity that she displays in making women's clothes and the good service that she provides to her customers (she sells what her customers request). Her location is also favorable and helps her sales to remain high.

This Kiva loan is Amelia's first loan through Fundación Mario Santo Domingo and she will use it to buy fabric and supplies for making women's dresses to order. She will also buy a 'máquina recubridora' (a special machine used for hemming) which she will use to provide a better finish to the hems of her t-shirts, to edging or ribbons on the bias. Her goal for the future is to set up a workshop and sales location in her new home so that she can diversify her offerings and position herself in the market.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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