A loan of $600 helped to buy sewing supplies and a sewing machine.

Luz Marina's story

Luz Marina, 45, lives in the town of Soledad with her spouse and three children whose ages range from 11 to 15 years. She is a seamstress; she has 15 years’ experience since she’s been working independently since she got married and she decided to work at something that produced income while leaving her free to care for her home. This was how she started out with a simple sewing machine and has gradually been improving the infrastructure until today when she has three machines that she can use to make dresses, sweatshirts, pants, bed covers and everything else her creativity inspires. Her main clientele is located in the community where she lives and she also negotiates with schools to make their sports uniforms.

Her goal for later on is to equip her home to set up a commercial sales point there to display her products. Her greatest challenge is to have a selection of all her designs and enough accessories to decorate her articles of clothing because, in face of her growing clientele, her working capital becomes insufficient. This is the reason why she’s calling on a Kiva loan, her first financing from Fundación Mario Santo Domingo that she’ll use to buy materials to make women’s dresses, sweatshirts and pants and to buy an overlock sewing machine that will make perfect finishings to her items possible. While this occurs, Luz Marina strives to maintain a profit level of no less than 20% which she hopes to increase with injections of working capital like the one she’s starting now.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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