A loan of $1,150 helped to buy an embroiderer.

Andres's story

Andres at 30 years old is an expert at embroidery on his machine. His colleagues form part of his clientele as he does their logos. His need to be expedient is a priority and he needs to have another machine but he doesn't have the money to buy it. That is the reason he has requested a loan from Kiva, the first loan he has made through Fundación Mario Santo Domingo. He will use it to buy a embroidery machine to meet his market demand.

Three years ago he started his own adventure of generating money on his own. He observed how his mother, an experienced sewer paid other companies to embroider and many times they failed to come through with their service. She stressed as she couldn't deliver her product on time having a negative effect on her business. So that is how his sister seeing this weakness in her mother's business decided to buy an embroiderer and Andres was the one who was taught how to use it.

Since then he has offered his services from his house and School Directors, student’s families and owners of sports teams have come requesting his services. Sometimes he sells in cash and sometimes on credit, which he collects every week. He works from 8 in the morning until 1 in the afternoon. He buys his supplies from warehouses specializing in the sewing industry. His goal is to buy more embroiderers and manage the business generating employment for people he hires. His challenge is that he does not have the money to quickly carry out his dream of prosperity.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer leonardo

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