A loan of $575 helped to buy raw materials and supplies such as fabric, threads and accessories.


Catherine's story

For six years, Catherine has been sewing clothing in general, but mainly uniforms, in her small sewing workshop which is located in her own home, in the south of the city of Barranquilla. She lives with her husband and their two children who are 8 and 14 years old. Catherine's business is a kind of family tradition as her mother is in the same line of work. It was from her mother that she learned her skills, watching her since she was a little girl. Now mother and daughter support each other as they both sew school uniforms and sports kits. In addition, they also sell products through specialized company catalogs which makes them extra income. Their daily tasks begin at 7.00am and they work, without stopping, until 6.00pm. They buy raw materials and supplies, design, cut, repair, sew, finish off the garments, then sell them. They make their purchases with cash and their sales are on credit though some are for cash.

Catherine is currently applying for a Kiva loan (her first loan through Fundación Mario Santo Domingo) to buy raw materials and supplies such as fabric, threads and accessories because she has an order for some sheets that she needs to fill. Her goal for the future is to buy an embroidery machine and to own her own home. Her biggest challenge is ensuring that her children become successful professionals and have a promising future.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard



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