A loan of $1,700 helped to buy fabric, lace, elastic, baby shoes and other materials.


Alix's story

Alix, 48, has two businesses. One is making and selling baby clothing by order. The other is selling infant footwear that she buys in the city or orders from samples from the catalogs and distributes to stores throughout the north coast of the country. Alix has received 4 loans from the Mario Santo Domingo Foundation which have helped her to increase her market and her organizational structure. She initially had a very local market and has been able to expand to other regions of the country. Her goal for the future is to have a bar code and sell internationally, initially in neighboring countries until she expands further. Her greatest challenge is competition and the duration of her travels, which allow her to shore up her customer base and increase her sales volume.

Currently she is applying for her 5th loan which she will use to buy fabric, lace, elastic, infant footwear and general materials. She wants to get them at the special discounts that her suppliers give when she buys in bulk and in cash. This is exactly the reason that her investment will be successful. She will make baby clothing and buy footwear, which she will add value to with her design techniques and finishing touches.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Mary Berghaus



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