A loan of $950 helped to buy fabric and supplies to make women's clothing.


Maritza's story

Maritza, 62, lives in the town of San Jacinto in the department of Bolívar. There she has a dress-making shop. She learned the trade from her family and used to watch her aunt sew. Later she decided to learn sewing technique and studied at a specialized institution. Upon finishing she began sewing for family, neighbors and friends who were her first customers. Now her business is much more organized and she makes women's dresses, although she also makes some men's clothing. Her main market is comprised of teachers, independent workers and homemakers. Her working capital is not enough to attend to the increasing demand for the holiday season, so she decided to request a Credikiva loan, which is her fifth loan through the Mario Santo Domingo Foundation. She has belonged to the organization for four years. Her greatest challenge is responding to all her customers and buying in greater quantities, so this is what she will use her loan for. She plans to buy fabric and supplies to make the women's dresses she has on order. The loan will allow her to buy larger quantities, giving her greater discounts that she can pass on to her demanding customers. Maritza is a woman who has worked hard to support her family, comprised of two sons, ages 22 and 30, who study and work, while always receiving the benefits of the income earned by their mother through her work.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess



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