A loan of $550 helped to buy materials and supplies for weaving and to buy clothing.

Melvis's story

Melvis, 28, is the mother of two children, ages 9 and 12. She and her husband have a goal of getting them ahead and seeing them become professionals so they have the potential for success in the future.

Melvis's husband worked in the ocean with his father from a very young age. When he and Melvis started their own family, she learned to make this fishing tool, which later she would turn into a business. That's why today she works making and repairing trammel nets and fishnets. She also generates income with a clothing business in this same community of customers.

In the midst of the fishermen, old friends of Melvis's husband, she's very well known, and that's where she finds her main and most loyal customers. They bring her fishnets and trammel nets, which she'll repair and have ready for them a week later.

Every day Melvis gets comfortable in her customary chair and begins to weave with nylon thread, using needles made of PVC that sometimes she buys, sometimes her husband makes for her. In this same market she has met a lot of people, and she also sells them clothing and underwear. This time she wants to have a lot of merchandise because Christmas and New Year are coming and families have already ordered the clothes they'll look good in for these holidays that are full of happiness and family.

So Melvis approached Fundación Mario Santo Domingo to request a Kiva loan with which she'll buy raw materials and supplies to weave. She'll also buy the clothing that her customers will wear during the most beautiful celebrations of the year.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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