A loan of $1,650 helped to buy linen, flannel, dacron, chiffon, thread, notions, and buttons.

Nancy Elena's story

Nancy is 53 years old. She lives in Ciudad Bicentenario, a housing project in the city of Cartagena. It is supported by the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo. It's purpose is to promote the construction of sustainable communities. Nancy is married and has 4 children, aged 21 to 27. She dreams of seeing them achieve their goals of success in their lives. Three years ago, Nancy opened her micro business sewing clothes.Thanks to some classes she took at the productive centers sponsored by the Fundación Santo Domingo. With her learning she started to sew for people to order with a machine that she bought. Now she makes multiuse clothes and also blouses and pants. She sells them in other nearby towns and to customers that lives in her community. She charges upfront and also sell son credit. She buys her materials upfront in specialized centers for sewing located in the center of town. Nancy has received 4 loans from the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo. With them she has been able to acquire machinery and work equipment. Her goal is to keep growing and seperate her business from her family space. Right now, she is applying for a new Kiva loan to buy linen, flannel, dacron and chiffon, thread, notions, and buttons. With them she will design new products to please her good customers. Investing in her business is win-win.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue

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