A loan of $1,400 helped to buy fabrics, threads and accessories in bulk.

Maria Del Rosario's story

Maria is 60 years old and owns a fabric store. She has a workshop in her home in the town of Malambo. She learned this profession when she was young, and through making dresses for her friends she slowly built up experience and created her own customer base, until she turned this activity into a profit-making business. She makes cash sales and and works tirelessly in the workshop from eight in the morning until six in the evening.

She has received two loans from the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo (never through Kiva), through which she has managed to fit out her workshop, buying sewing machines and equipment, improving the quality of her clothes and increasing her profits. Recently, customers have made orders, and she has to work very quickly to meet them. However, she doesn't have enough working capital to buy everything she needs, get discounts and, through this, be much more competitive.

For this reason, she is requesting a loan from Kiva, with the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, which she will use to buy fabric, threads and accessories in bulk. She will use these to make new designs and work faster, which is why she thinks her investment will be a success.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Chloe Pilpel

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