A loan of $1,600 helped to buy more supplies to increase production and sales.


Diana Yulied's story

Diana, 38, has a sewing business and sells pijamas, hats, scarves and gloves. She lives in the beautiful capital city of Colombia, Bogotá, with her husband and 13-year-old son. For four years she has been making pijamas in response to the demand by customers who, when visiting her business, would ask if she sold pijamas. Diana saw an opportunity to expand business, increase her income and contribute more to the household economy in an effort to improve the family's lifestyle.

Her manufacturing process begins with the purchase of fabric and supplies such as buttons and thread; then she designs, cuts, sews, packages and puts her products up for sale. She sells every day on cash basis. She also pays in cash when buying fabric and supplies.

Diana has received two loans through the Mario Santo Domingo Foundation. She used her first CrediKiva loan to buy fabric, thread, buttons, hats, gloves, scarves and sewing machines. With this investment she plans to increase production and sales so in the future she will be able to reach her goal of opening a second sales point.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess



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