A loan of $1,275 helped to buy thread, inks, mesh, and squeegees.

Jonathan's story

Jonathan is very young: 24 years old. Nevertheless, his desire to be able to improve himself has lead him to launch his own business. He is single. He lives and works with his parents. Jonathan is very hardworking and is always very responsible in all his doings. He lives in a town that is considered to be one of Mexico’s “Pueblos Mágicos,” or Magical Towns. These are picturesque places, full of history and tradition.

Jonathan is continuing with his business making clothing. This time he is asking for a new loan to buy thread, inks, mesh, and squeegees to make his silk-screened items. He says that he really likes putting these finishing touches on uniforms. To do the silkscreen, Jonathan needs to have a lot of imagination and creativity. In this way his customers are left very happy with the printing on their sports uniforms. Jonathan doesn’t have any problems with his business; he’s just lacking the funds to reinvest, but with this new loan he will have materials to deliver the orders he has received on time. Most likely in March he will need a new loan to print more uniforms.

He began this work because his parents began sewing 30 years ago. Jonathan learned very quickly, thanks to his mother’s teaching, although his father is also an active part of the business, as well. The loan will help him to invest more, because the classes in the schools are about to start next month and he already has various important orders. Jonathan says, “Our only difficulty at this point is a lack of money to get the materials. We need large amounts of money to be able to complete all our deliveries.” His uniforms are distributed to other towns, and not just where they live.

Jonathan’s dream is to make his business grow, to be able to offer his services in other places and to perhaps open another tailoring shop.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Patricia Patton

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