A loan of $600 helped to buy fabric and accessories, and to pay for labor.

Liliana's story

Liliana, 31, makes a living selling clothing in all sizes and lines. She distributes on credit to neighbors, friends, and referrals. She makes her main purchases in fabric stores in the city of Barranquilla.

Her business idea started in January 2007, when she was looking for a formal job and decided on her own to request the service of making shirts and pants for men and blouses for women, which she orders from satellite workshops that offer the service as an assembly system. (That is, she invests in the raw materials and supplies, and small workshops do the design, cutting, making, assembling, and finishing of the pieces, and ultimately she sells on order.)

In the past Liliana traveled to Spain with financing from Fundación Mario Santo Domingo to participate in a learning and technology mission. She trained a lot more and learned various work alternatives in the field of sewing. Her long-term goal is to open a large store and her personal goal is to get married and have a family.

Currently she's applying for a Kiva loan, her second loan from Fundación Mario Santo Domingo. With it she'll buy fabric and accessories for the finishing touches, and she'll pay for labor at the workshops, which will make the clothing especially so her customers can celebrate Christmas and New Year very elegantly and enjoy these festivities with their families.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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