A loan of $850 helped to buy sewing supplies.


Dayana's story

Dayana, 25, lives with her spouse and one-year-old son in the city of Cartagena, located on the shores of the Caribbean Sea, one of Colombia’s best-known tourist sites because it has one of the country’s main naval bases and its historical-artistic heritage encompasses Carthaginian, Roman and Byzantine military styles from both modern and contemporary ages as well as neo-classical and modern buildings. In that fantastic place and very modestly she works sewing clothes; she also has a business selling assorted merchandise. When she was a little girl she’d watch her mother cut fabric and produce clothes. This activity became part of her daily routine and when she grew up she was inclined to continue with that tradition and also because while attending university and starting to study she discovered a potential market there which she took advantage of and included in her clientele. Her goal for later on is to have a point of sale where she can sell clothes designed and made by her. Her greatest challenge is not having sufficient working capital to reach this dream. She’s currently applying for a Kiva loan she’ll use to buy thread, fabric and accessories to make dresses for women which are her specialty as well as women’s accessories because being aware of fashion she wants to impact the marketplace offering what her youthful clientele needs and wants to buy.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz



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