A loan of $575 helped to buy raw materials and sewing supplies.

Arcelis's story

Arcelis, 39, lives in Barranquilla, a Colombian coastal city. She has two businesses: a clothes making shop and she sells cheese. She took a sewing course six years ago in a local public school and she and her husband took out a loan that she used to buy a sewing machine. This is how she started her dressmaking business. She also earns extra income selling cheese that she sells to a domestic clientele she’s gradually built.

Arcelis has a five-year-old son and a 14-year-old daughter and this is why it’s so important that her businesses are successful because she wants to guarantee her children’s education with her income. In addition, they live in a very small place so are very overcrowded and she hopes to be able to use her income to improve her house and move to a better place.

She’s currently applying for a Kiva loan, her first financing with Fundación Mario Santo Domingo to buy raw materials and supplies to make clothing at good prices because by qualifying for discounts she can then pass them down to her customers and if she has money in hand she can save very much when she makes her purchase by buying in volume which is precisely the reason why the investment will be successful.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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