A loan of $1,700 helped to buy supplies and clothing for resale.


Milena's story

Milena is 33 years. She is married and has four children, between the ages of four months and 13 years, and they are the engine that motivates her to look for the betterment of her home’s well-being. She makes clothing, a business that she began in 2003. This has always given a meaning to her life of designing and manufacturing, so she set up a workshop in her home, where she makes clothing and also buys ready-made dresses, which she sells to steady customers who know her. She decided to begin her business not only making clothing, but also buying it. She often finds good prices through sales that the vendors have. Some of her customers – she has different types of customers – like to buy clothing made to measure and others like to quickly find what they are looking for at a lower price. She makes her sales for cash and credit. Whenever the market increases her demand, she must hire others in order to be able to respond to her customers’ needs. She is asking for a Kiva loan, her fifth though Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, through which she can buy raw materials and supplies, such as fabrics, threads, accessories, and also ready-made clothing, which she has been offered a deal on. These are items that have become available due to the change in fashion.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes



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