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

Diana Karolina's story

Diana is 24 and owns a sewing workshop located in the Puerto Colombia municipality, where she lives with her husband and 8-month-old baby. She taught herself to sew using an old family sewing machine given to her by a relative. Later, she took a course from SENA, the Servicio Nacional de Aprendizaje (National Apprenticeship Service) and perfected her technique. She now takes courses on the internet. Diana's customers live in Puerto Colombia, where she lives and has her workshop. Puerto Colombia is a municipality on the seashore very close to the city of Barranquilla. She says that the busy season for her is in December, at which time she hires workers for processing in order to serve her clients effectively. As her customer base keeps growing and demanding quality, Diana is requesting a Kiva loan, her first loan with the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, with which she will buy a second-hand industrial sewing machine as well as items such as thread, fabric, applications and accessories in order to make more designs in keeping with current fashions and her customers' orders.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Christine Cooper

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