A loan of $650 helped to buy an industrial overlock sewing machine.

Maria's story

Maria is 43 years old. She lives with her spouse in the south part of town. She is a seamstress, and activity she started 10 years ago. After she had worked in various workshops in the city she decided she start her own business venture to become totally autonomous. Right now she has her workshop in her house and works with her sister in a line of casual clothing for the whole family. She also has an industrial line because she makes uniforms for businesses and schools. Her goal is to have her workshop totally organized and have her business registry which will allow her to grow her aspirations for new markets. Her biggest challenge is that her working capital isn't enough to make her dream come true. This is the reason she has turned to a Kiva loan, the first loan she has taken out with the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo. With it, she will buy an industrial overlock sewing machine to do better finishings on the clothing she makes and improve her production time. Her reason for success with this investment is that it will facilitate her making another type of clothing, increase her market and improve her time saving process, which will translate into money.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue

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