A loan of $650 helped to buy sewing supplies.

Norma Zenith's story

Norma, 49, is a married woman living in the city of Cartagena with her husband and three children whose ages range from 17 to 22 years. She has a sewing shop she opened in 1986 when she completed her dressmaking courses and with support from her husband who gave her her first sewing machine and a serger sewing machine.

She started out doing sewing for her girlfriends until 1990 when with profits from her business was able to set up her shop buying new machines and started manufacturing uniforms, costumes, curtains and comforters. Her main customers are schools, inns, neighbors and family members who recommend new customers to her all the time and that she’s been doing very well with.

Her goal is to continue making progress with support from her Kiva loan, her first financing from Fundación Mario Santo Domingo that she will use to buy raw materials to manufacture women’s blouses, dresses, curtains and comforters. She will make this investment on the eve of Mother’s Day because her clientele has already placed orders to be elegant that Mother’s Day and to offer gifts to all the women in the family who are mothers.

This project is projected to be successful because of Norma’s experience in this business and also because she’s making the investment at a time when sales usually increase and because she’s responding to pending orders from select customers.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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