A loan of $1,675 helped to buy fabric, thread, zippers and buttons in larger amounts.

Ismari De Jesus's story

Ismari, 48, works making clothes especially for men. She started out with her husband manufacturing uniforms 17 years ago and gradually after her separation focused on making men’s clothes. Her main products are shirts, pants and sweaters. Her business grew both in machinery and infrastructure that led to her being able to make still finer clothes and because her clientele started to grow, she opened a store to sell her own designs. Today, she continues to grow because she has a large clientele she sells to on credit and for cash. She works from 8am until 6pm aiming at filling their orders promptly and generate greater wellbeing with every day that goes by.

She’s currently applying for a Kiva loan, her second financing with Fundación Mario Santo Domingo that she’ll use to buy fabric, thread, zippers and buttons in larger amounts to meet end-of-year demand which is always greater than in other times of the year and she must be prepared for it; this is why her Kiva loan will be very successful.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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