A loan of $625 helped to buy an overlock with chain stitch sewing machine as well as fabric and needles.

Marlis's story

Marlis, 41, is a very enterprising woman living with her spouse and three children whose ages range from 11 to 20. At the age of 25 she started an apprenticeship learning dressmaking skills taking courses at non-profit social service agencies and at SENA, the National Learning Service, organizations that she owes all her technical training to. All of this was motivated by her need to support her oldest daughter (the only one at the moment) and to start an activity that would generate income.

This is how she started the business. She did it offering dressmaking services and her market strategy was either one on one or made to order for each customer; this was her main market. Currently, her business has grown and she wants to improve its infrastructure as well as improving the quality with machines that make her job easier. This is why she’s calling on her Kiva loan to buy an overlock with chain stitch machine as well as fabric and needles that she needs to have in stock to develop her creativity and new dress designs to manufacture.

Her greatest dream is that her children manage to become professionals and that her business’s growth becomes the strategy for its attainment. While this occurs, she works hard at her sewing machine every day. Her inventory turns over every 13 days and her accounts receivable in 9 days. Her working capital does not quite suffice to reach her dreams and this is why she plans to make it grow and the reason behind her loan request to Fundación Mario Santo Domingo.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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