A loan of $575 helped to buy raw materials and supplies for making many special-ordered products.

Maria's story

María lives in her native Baranoa, a municipality in Atlántico department, which was originally an indigenous settlement of Arawak-Caribe tribes on the banks of the present Arroyo Grande river. It is located 30 minutes from the city of Barranquilla. In this municipality, known for its Carnival del Recuero festivities and the creativity of its artisans, Martha has a dress-making workshop, where she makes women's and children's clothing, especially with denim.

She carries out this work with her husband, and in the high season, she needs additional staff. This small business is her only source of income. Her clientele live in the city of Barranquilla and in a few municipalities in Atlantico department, where she sells her products by the unit and by the dozen. Her clientele describe the clothing that Maria makes as "excellent", and that's why her customer base keeps growing.

Her monthly sales generate a good profit margin for her, which allows her to cover her household expenses. Her fixed assets are adequate for the operation of her business.

Currently, she is applying for her first loan with Fundación Mario Santo Domingo. She will use her Credikiva loan to buy raw materials and supplies for making many special-order products, as the peak sales season (the months of December and January), is approaching. With her Credikiva loan she will be ready to satisfy her growing clientele.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jeff Goldie

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