A loan of $1,150 helped to buy an overlock sewing machine, to carry out some structural work and to buy fabric, threads, buttons and zippers.


Mary's story

Mary lives in the town of Soledad. She is a widow and has three children aged 21 to 25. Mary makes work uniforms and especially medical uniforms which are used in clinics and hospitals. She works with contacts from her son, who is a doctor, and her daughter, who is a flight attendent. Mary already had a lot of experience in the dressmaking field when she set up her business as she worked for some time with important designers in the city. This Kiva loan is her first loan through Fundación Mario Santo Domingo. She will use it to buy an overlock sewing machine, to carry out some structural work and to buy fabrics, threads, buttons and zippers, to increase the quality of her products and her production volume. Mary's business shows good financial conditions for this investment since her sales volume is offset by her quality and price. She also manages accounts receivable from regular customers as well as from the custom-made pieces that customers in her own neighborhood request. Her financial indicators show a stability in her business and favorable conditions for investment. Her dream is to manage to fully grow her business and have a future sustainability that reflects an increase in her family's well-being.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard



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