A loan of $575 helped to purchase raw materials and supplies, and also to invest in a new sewing machine.

Lidia Angela's story

Lidia is 44 years old and lives in Pradomar, a neighborhood which is a tourist destination on the shores of the Caribbean Sea. Pradomar is 20 minutes away from the city of Barranquilla. Here she makes her living by making women’s clothing, a skill she learned as a family tradition since her father is also a tailor. Her mother also is in this line of work and works along with Lidia. Lidia’s studio primarily makes women’s and children’s clothing. They have a very concentrated market, made up primarily of mothers with children. For Lidia, the end of this year and the beginning of the next represent a time of great income, but her work also increases as does her need for working capital. This is the reason she has requested a Kiva loan, the first financing she has done through Fundación Mario Santo Domingo. She will use the loan to purchase raw materials and supplies and also invest in a new sewing machine, which will facilitate effectiveness in her production. Her goal is to expand her business with greater infrastructure of tools, equipment and machinery that will permit her to generate income and jobs for many families who need them, as well as provide well-being for her children who still depend on her. They range in age from 12 to 23 years old. Her main dream is to be able to generate opportunities for success for her children, so that in the future they can realize their own dreams. In her position as a female head of the house, this is exactly what she wants to accomplish, through her persistent work.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Christina Marie

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