A loan of $900 helped to buy a sewing machine, an industrial serger and a cover-stitch machine.

Mónica Esther's story

Monica is 46 years old and the mother of a four-year-old child. She lives with her son in the south of the city. She has had a sewing workshop in her home for 13 years, where she sews women's, men's and children's clothing. She was very young, 14 years old, when she began to work at a workshop, completing a variety of different tasks. This is where she learned this activity, guided by the owner of the business, who saw that Monica was inspired and had a lot of potential as a seamstress. Little by little, Monica learned from her. After that, Monica trained for three years at an academy to develop better skills. She learned sewing techniques until she had to begin to work from home in order to care for her ill father.

Given this situation, she became independent and began her own entrepreneurial adventure. Today she makes blouses, pants, and bermuda shorts, all from her own home. That's where her customers come to buy things and use her sewing services.

Every day it takes more and more in order to compete in the sewing business, and although Monica has mastered the diverse techniques involved sewing, she hasn't managed to break into the wholesale market because of a lack of infrastructure. Being a wholesale provider is currently the most profitable way of making a living in this field. This is the reason why Monica is currently requesting a Kiva loan. This will be her first funding from Fundación Mario Santo Domingo. She will use it to purchase a sewing machine, an industrial serger, and a cover-stitch machine. This will let her respond to the new alternatives that the market now offers.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Aesclinn Donohue

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