A loan of $600 helped to purchase raw materials, such as thread, fabrics, lace and accessories for sewing her products.

Zoraida's story

Zoraida is 60 years old, and has made a living sewing women's clothing since 1990. She spent time studying dressmaking, and eventually started up her own business, which has grown little by little over the years as she has expanded her customer base. In her business, Zoraida sews all kinds of garments, and also designs and prepares different components for use in final articles of clothing. When selling her merchandise, she accepts cash, and also allows clients to make scheduled payments on credit for their orders. She works ten hours per day at her sewing machine responding to client orders, and also purchases materials with cash at various wholesale stores for use in sewing her products. The majority of her clients live nearby, or are referred to her by mutual friends.

Zoraida is presently applying for her first loan with the Mario Santo Domingo Foundation, and plans to use the support from the loan to purchase raw materials for making her products, including: fabric, thread, lace, accessories, etc. She hopes this investment will help her to improve the quality of the articles she designs and makes, and will allow her to cater to the styles and preferences of her clients. Her goals for the future are to acquire a greater variety of sewing machines that would allow her to broaden the scope of her work, as well as to build a new workshop that would allow her to separate her work from her house and bring greater peace and tranquility to her home.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Gillian Goodrich

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