A loan of $1,225 helped to buy primary materials for making seasonal clothing.

Bella Samaria's story

Bella is an entrepreneurial and determined young woman. She is 25, married, and the mother of 2 children. She completed school through the 3rd grade because she couldn't go on studying due to lack of financial support from her parents, who had scant resources. She is a young woman with many hopes of making something of herself. She is a clothes maker and, along with her husband who is a plant manager at a factory, she has a small micro-business using fabric to produce shirts, baby clothes, pants, overalls, vests, boxers, etc for all ages.

She has been making clothes for more than 5 years, but has only been in business as a micro-business owner for 4 years. The idea started with a friend who helped her get 2 machines to make clothes and suggested that she make baby clothes for sale. Over the course of months, she saw the demand she was generating with the quality of her products and decided to launch her own business. She gives thanks to God for the results she has seen so far, seeing as today she doesn't just have 2 machines, but a whole variety with which she makes merchandise for sale at the local market to students, other stores, schools, and the general public.

Her dream is to make her micro-business into a major business that is competitive at the national and international level, that is known for the quality, durability, and technique with which her products are made. As a mother, she also dreams of supporting her children and giving them the opportunity she never had to get an education, as today a university education is a requirement for social acceptance, getting a good job, gaining new knowledge and learning methods for growing a business, and in order to be competitive.

This is why today she is taking out this loan to buy primary materials (fabric, variety thread set, needles, etc) for making merchandise in advance of the Christmas season, which she hopes will be a success.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jacob Bintliff

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