A loan of $600 helped to buy an industrial sewing machine and supplies.

Denis Maria's story

Denis, 47, is a seamstress and has a workshop in the city of Barranquilla, where she lives with her husband and three children, ages 13 to 18. She has ten years' experience in her profession and works out of a small shop where she makes all kinds feminine-casual wear. To get where she is today, she had to take classes at the academy where she learned about different techniques and how to lend quality to her work. She perfects this on a daily basis through her job. She sells on credit and in cash to the clientele she has built over seveal years. She has a fixed customer base for her products, from the design through the finish, applying these processes as her own strategy aimed at personal marketing.

She buys fabric at specialized fabric and corsetry shops and her most popular line is her feminine-casual wear. Her goal is to expand her workshop by adding new machines and hiring workers, as well as going into new markets. She is requesting a CrediKiva loan, her first through the Mario Santo Domingo Foundation, to buy an industrial sewing machine as well as raw materials and supplies. This is so she can increase production and improve the quality of her apparel, while speeding up production time. This is precisely the reason the loan will be a success. She aims to increase sales and little by little reach her goal of being able to educate her children at good schools that will prepare them for a successful future.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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