A loan of $1,125 helped to buy sewing supplies and raw materials.

Emilce's story

Emilce, 41, is married and has two children who are 10 and 15 years old who she dreams becoming successful professionals; they are her greatest dream and for whom she works hard to provide with wellbeing.

Emilce has a small sewing workshop where she manufactures women’s clothes like skirts, dresses, blouses and pants. She designs, cuts, prepares, assembles and finishes the pieces. She started out 12 years ago working as an employee and then took three courses to perfect her dressmaking techniques and decided to start her own business. She bought her first machine and worked to order gradually moving into working in the ‘all included’ modality. Her goal for later on is to export her products to other countries in Latin America and to continue providing her children with professional studies.

Her greatest challenge is having cash flow that will allow her to make cash purchases thus obtaining special prices. She sells in two ways: on credit when she provides the all-included and for cash when she does the sewing only. This way of operating has allowed her to meet her customers’ needs.

She is currently applying for a Kiva loan, first financing from Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, to buy raw materials and supplies because she will make women’s clothes ordered by her growing clientele that she wants to continue to retain.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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