A loan of $650 helped to buy an overlock sewing machine and wholesale fabric.

Nilsa Magola's story

Nilsa, 44, has a sewing workshop in her house, where she lives with her husband and two children, ages 12 and 17. She has three years experience as a seamstress. Before starting her business just a year after learning this trade, she was the manager of the housewares department for a chain store. Nilsa taught herself sewing by making quilts, bedspreads, and sheet sets that she initially sold to friends and family. She began to see a larger, growing market, and she now works daily from 8 am until 6 pm and sells for cash and on credit.

Nilsa wants to grow her business and increase her income so that she can offer her children a quality education and a bright future. She is applying for her first Kiva loan through Fundación Mario Santo Domingo to buy an overlock sewing machine and wholesale fabric. She must become more efficient and make a better finished product. She must invest in her service when needed, and this investment will assure that she increases her commercial clientele and relies less on family and friends as customers.

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