A loan of $1,475 helped to buy decorative elements and fabrics to sew suits for retails.

Sombel's story

Mr. Sombel, who is in his fifties, has been in the tailoring business for many years. He started apprenticing as a tailor in 1989, with one of his uncle who had a great tailoring shop. Nine years later, in 1988, Sombel opened his own shop, doing all types of tailoring: for men and women, children and adults.

Sombel is requesting a 700,000-XOF loan renewal, to purchase trimmings as well as a variety of fabric to make into ensembles for men and women. These will be exhibited and sold. He can work all day, and even part of the night, given the needs of his clientele at times.

Sombel is married and a father of five children. The older is sixteen years old and the youngest three. He provides for their alimentation and schooling, which is possible thanks to his tailoring revenues, but also from profits he makes with his vehicle.

Sombel’s dream is to open a major tailoring shop if he can find the financial resources and have the support of a financial institution like IMCEC.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Charlotte Buecheler

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