A loan of $1,400 helped to buy sewing supplies, women's accessories, snacks, food items, liquor, soft-drinks and beverages.

Isidora's story

Isidora, 57, has two businesses. On the one hand, a sewing workshop where she makes all types of clothes and on the other hand a store where she sells basic staple items. Isidora has 32 years’ experience as a merchant ever since she decided to find independent work to generate income for her home and to help out her husband who was solely responsible for them up to then.

In her initial store business she always worked in his company and then some time later decided to start sewing, a new business venture, with her daughter. She manufactures in her own workshop and sells directly to the final consumer by means of promotion and from her own display point.

The two businesses help her generate family income and she feels very satisfied because of it. But, the end-of-year season mean a large upswing in commercial activity and she feels that it’s important to have additional working capital to stock up and respond to demand from customers who increase their purchases of food and clothing to celebrate Christmas and New Year’s.

This is why she’s calling on a Kiva loan to buy fabric, thread and women’s accessories to provide special finishing touches to the clothes she makes and she also needs to buy snacks, food items, liquor, soft-drinks and beverages that are important to satisfy her clientele while generating additional income for her family and making Kiva her best investment.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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