A loan of $1,300 helped to buy fabric in larger quantity.

Rosa Dolores's story

Rosa, 57 years old, makes clothing, especially uniforms. In her 37 years of experience she has known how to sustain her business and created a way to earn income with which she started her own family and could support the household expenses.

The idea to start her own business was born after she learned the trade, taking courses where she learned tailoring and dressmaking, starting first making children’s clothing, and later for teenagers and clothing in general plus mending.

Today her main product is school uniforms that she sells directly, through contracts with educational institutions. Her marketing arrangement with educational institutions, who are her main customers, is that they advance 50% of the cost of the number of products to be made, and the other 50% when she delivers the entire order.

Rosa also has individual customers to whom she offers credit and her business is done from Monday through Sunday. At the moment Rosa has received 9 loans through the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, through which she has bought machines, staples and supplies, with which she has improved her turnaround and increased her working capital.

Her goal is to expand her workshop, creating more jobs for employees, and lastly to remodel her home and to succeed through her persistent work, effort, and dedication to all her dreams.

Currently she is applying for a Kiva loan, in order to buy fabric to make school uniforms for the orders she has which require finishing the other 50% in order to complete the contract in a timely manner.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Gail LeGrand

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