A loan of $850 helped to buy basic materials at wholesale and cash prices.

Estela's story

Estela has a lot of experience and has worked as a seamstress since 1990. She turned that experience into a business in 2000, turning her dreams into a basis for her independence today. Estela lives in an urban area that combines family homes and both formal and informal work spaces perfectly. The financial sector and recreational infrastructure are both important to the community because they are spaces where children and teenagers spend their leisure time on sports and play around one of the biggest sports stadiums in the country, the Estadio Metropolitano - the national cradle of soccer. This is the environment where Estela and her husband dream of seeing their 15-year-old son grow up to be a successful professional and where she has her sewing workshop for making the clothing which supports the family's well-being. Estela makes dresses that she sells in the local stores, jeans, and also uniforms for various businesses. Although the competition in her area is steep, she maintains herself with the quality of her product and with her customer service which pleases her customers. Her goal is to have a bigger space for her workshop but her biggest challenge is to manage to have enough working capital to increase her investment, increase her clientele, and earn more money. This is why she turned to a Kiva loan, her first loan with the Mario Santo Domingo foundation, which she will use to buy basic materials at wholesale and cash prices. Due to the sales increases in the second half of the year, she needs to be prepared to make good sales based on having products at a good price and with the designs her customers want during this season.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Anna Ruby Waxham Blackwell

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