A loan of $1,100 helped buy fabric, thread and other sewing necessities.

Yunis's story

48-year old Yunis lives in the south of the town with her 15-year old son. She has a sewing business there, and has 32 years’ experience with this line of work. After training to be a seamstress, she tried working in small factories, and then finally in 2006 she opened her own business. Yunis obtained business experience from working in a pharmacy where she was in contact with many people who later became her customers.

Nowadays she has a workshop located in her own home which she acquired when her friend became ill. Her friend could no longer run the workshop so sold it to Yunis.

Currently Yunis sells both for cash and on account. Her main customers are businesspeople who sell clothing, neighbours, and friends who know the quality of her work and always use her services. She works from 6 in the morning to 8 at night to complete everyone’s orders.

Her greatest goal is to expand her workshop so that she can help her son get ahead. This is also her greatest challenge. Yunis is now seeking a loan from Kiva, the first time she has approached the Mario Santo Domingo Foundation. With the money she plans to buy fabric, thread and other sewing necessities. She will be able to increase production and lower costs through buying in volume, just what the loans are intended to achieve.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jane A

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