A loan of $875 helped to buy straight stitch and overlock sewing machines.

Ludis Isabel's story

Ludis, 52, lives in the town of Malambo 20 minutes from the city of Barranquilla with her spouse; she has four children whose ages range from 15 to 23 years. She studied dressmaking at a technical school thirty years ago and started making clothes to order. Later on and simultaneously she worked in firms in Barranquilla’s Free Zone until she became independent seven years ago setting up her own workshop at home where she established a domestic clientele composed of her family and neighbors which has gradually grown and expanded.

Her infrastructure consists of three machines that she owns and another one she leases that she needs to meet current production demand. When a micro businesswoman who has been associated with Fundación Mario Santo Domingo for 17 years spoke to her about this organization she had no doubts about it and today she’s applying for a Kiva loan, her first financing from this firm, that she’ll use to buy straight stitch and overlock sewing machines since basically her line of work is to assemble for larger firms so the quality of her articles of clothing must be higher to offer a better product to the market and potentially increase her clientele. Her investment’s success resides in her knowledge and the experience she has in the market and in her goal to get ahead with her business in order to provide schooling for her children.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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