A loan of $575 helped to buy raw materials and supplies.


Marbel's story

Marbel is 39, and has a 3-year-old son. She has a small dressmaking shop in her own neighborhood, through which she generates income to support her household. This learned this skill by taking a dressmaking course, and she sewed made-to-measure clothing for her first customers. They would bring her the raw materials and supplies, so that Marbel could put her creativity to work, and sew the clothing that would make them look good.

Little by little, she gained prestige among her neighbors and friends, and also started to specialize in clothing for little girls, multi-use clothing, uniforms, and also women's clothing when needed. Her main clients are local notions stores, and stores in the center of the city of Baranquilla and in shopping malls, with which she maintains business relationships.

Her goal is to someday expand her business, primarily by organizing her workshop better. She also wants to have a large clientele, and employees, in order to meet her commitments in a timely way. Her greatest challenge in fulfilling her dreams, is that faced with the growing market demand, her working capital is becoming insufficient.

This is why she is applying for her credikiva loan, her first from Fundación Mario Santo Domingo. With the loan she will buy raw materials and supplies in order to respond to her customers. She will also buy an industrial sewing machine, with which she will improve her process, be more productive, and improve the quality of the garment.

The success of this investment lies in the fact that it is justified in terms of customer orders, which are from the stores that Marbel supplies, and whose customer loyalty she plans to continue fostering.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jeff Goldie



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