A loan of $575 helped to buy a sewing machine and raw materials such as fabric, cotton and threads.

Isaura's story

Isaura is 29 years old and lives in La Nieves neighborhood, in the city of Barranquilla. She lives together with her husband and her two daughters who are 3 and 8 years old. The idea for Isaura's business came about when a neighbor asked for her help in making dolls, sheets and curtains. That is when she first learned the craft and started being paid for her work. She later set up her own business without any technical training but simply making the most of her ability to look and re-create what she saw.

Isaura's business goals are to acquire her own premises, create jobs for other people and train continuously until she manages to perfect her skills. Her goals for her family are to offer her children a higher education and to provide her husband with even more help in covering their household expenses. In her business, Isaura makes dolls, linens, sheets and curtains. She sells these goods for cash from 8.00am until 5.00pm. She pays for her purchases in cash and prefers to buy in bulk so that she can obtain special discounts which she can then apply to the price of her finished products.

Isaura is requesting a Kiva loan (her first loan through Fundación Mario Santo Domingo) to buy a sewing machine which will improve her production time and the quality of the finishing on her products. She will also invest in raw materials and supplies which she will use to bring to life her Christmas designs as families like to decorate their homes with decorations representing the most beautiful time of the year: Christmas.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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