A loan of $575 helped to purchase a serging machine which will optimize her time and improve the finishing on her garments.

Dunia's story

Dunia, 55, is a married woman with three children, aged 25 to 36. She is a seamstress who makes all types of clothing for women, men and children.

She obtained her knowledge when she was 14 years old, when her sister stopped providing formal studies, and she decided to learn a skill that would enable her to get ahead. Thus it was that in 1971 she worked in a tailoring business for two years and later learned other procedures in a variety of tailoring businesses: she learned to operate industrial machines, she worked finishing articles and in all stages of tailoring for 15 years. Then 4 years ago she started her own business together with a friend who has a workshop in her house. However, she also does some work at her own home where she has a family sewing machine and meets the needs of her private customers who number no less than 40.

Her husband is a great help since he works for an optical company and both of them contribute to the wellbeing of the family.

Dunia receives payment on delivery; sometimes they give her an advance payment of 50%, with which she begins the work Her garments are very well made and this has garnered wide recognition and attracted customers.

Currently Dunia is applying for a loan, her first funding from the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo. With it she will buy a serging machine which will enable her to optimize her time and improve her finishing. With this loan she will resolve one of her pressing needs, since to overcast seams she now has to go to the workshops of friends who let her use their machines. Her future goal is to have a well-equipped workshop with a good infrastructure that will enable her to concentrate all stages of production and generate jobs for other seamstresses.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Diane Chaney

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