A loan of $3,075 helped to buy sewing machines and supplies in bulk, and to pay for consultancy services and administrative costs.

Gleidys's story

Gleidys, 27, is married and has an 11-year-old son. She has worked in the clothing industry, for the administrative department. However, little by little, she learned about more operative activities and gained experience. She worked for approximately eight years and made enough to help maintaining her family.

With the intention to progress and get ahead and her enterprising spirit, and motivated by her family, she decided to start her own business, making clothes for third parties. She is requesting a loan in order to buy machines (COP 4,000,000), pay for specialized consultancy services (COP 574,200), buy supplies in bulk (fabrics, threads, laces, buttons, zippers) (COP 1,000,000) and pay for the administrative costs of the loan and the insurance (COP 225,800); i.e., COP 5,800,000 in total.

With this loan, she will be able to work and generate an income to maintain her family. She will also be able to promote her business locally, something that will help her to have her own brand and open a store where she can sell her garments. All this will result in a better quality of life and the possibility of offering her son an excellent education.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Santiago Mejía Dugand

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