A loan of $1,650 helped to buy fabric for making shirts and to pay workers.

Dennys's story

Ten years ago, Dennys undertook a business venture in her own sewing workshop, which she opened in June 2003, when her friend, fashion designer and current business partner suggested they start making and selling men's clothing, especially embroidered shirts. The idea was a great success and they still make these beautiful items today, especially 'guayabera' shirts (a delicately embroidered, loose-fitting men's shirt made from lightweight material which is not worn tucked in). Her main customers are friends and neighbors but she also has buyers who she has reached through the Internet and who she sells to for cash.

Dennys is currently applying for a Kiva loan (her 12th loan through Fundación Mario Santo Domingo) to buy fabric for making her shirts. She will also pay workers as she contracts out some of the assembly work to external workshops. Her goal for the future is to open a store and to increase her profits with the aim of investing in her three kids' education. This will make it possible for them to receive a top-quality education. Dennys will not give up this dream of prosperity.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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