A loan of $300 helped to buy thread, decorations, fabric, paint, wood, and "iraca" straw.

Zoraida's story

Zoraida, 45, works making clothing and handicrafts by hand such as place mats, key chains, and accessories painted with different techniques and resinated products. She became accomplished in sewing from a very young age, when she studied in a school run by nuns and learned this art, which has served her to make the most of her talent and develop her own source of income and work.

In the beginning she did it with several women in her neighborhood. They organized themselves as a cooperative and each one brought her own machine, which they got a place for and started producing clothing. Although this project didn't last very long, it gave her a foundation for her experience and she went out on her own. At first she felt discouraged, but she didn't waste any time taking control of things and making clothes for neighbors, relatives, and friends, who gradually started referring her to other people who needed her services, until she formed her current steady clientele.

Zoraida has managed to add value to her work because her great creative potential shows in her designs. She has taken arts and crafts courses that have enabled her to do excellent finishing touches. Also, she was sponsored by a multinational company in her art and technical courses to be applied to handicrafts. She organized herself with other women to produce, making the most of the sponsoring company's employees, who have become her current customers. They have won them over little by little with the beautiful handicrafts to which they apply the techniques learned, and they produce their own income.

Currently she is applying for a Kiva loan, her first financing from Fundación Mario Santo Domingo. With it she will buy thread, decorations, fabric, paint, wood, and "iraca" straw. Her loan is potentially successful because it is based on requests from the employees of the multinational company that sponsored her. They have stable work, and she will respond to them with a supply of her handmade sheets, with which she will keep growing.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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