A loan of $1,150 helped to buy sewing supplies in volume.

Merys's story

Merys, 54, lives with her husband in the town of Malambo; they have three children whose ages range from 19 to 30 years. She has a sewing business in this town that started in the city of Barranquilla when she took a technical course in this field through which she learned. Later during three years she worked sewing on order for her family and friends and for the last 17 years when she moved to this town she started her enterprising idea in an organized fashion getting in contact with several schools.

She’s been part of the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo programs for the last four years, an organization from which she’s received three loans that have provided enough working capital for her to meet customer demand. She’s been able to use her income to provide schooling for her children. Her goal for later on is to have a straight stitch sewing machine to improve production times and quality of items. Her greatest challenge occurred two years ago when she became ill and this affected her business’ productivity but since Merys is not easily defeated she’s managed to get ahead.

This is why she’s today calling on a Kiva loan, her fourth financing from the Fundación that she’ll use to buy raw materials and supplies in volume to fill orders for school uniforms she’s been contracted to do. Her investment will be successful because she works based on contractual agreements with schools and her experience and tenacity are parts of her successful personality which makes her expected accomplishment possible.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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