A loan of $300 helped to purchase raw materials such as thread, wood, and other supplies.


Gisella's story

Gisella is 26 years old and has for past four years manufactured industrial mops. She learned this skill from her mother and sister, who are dressmakers, when she was very young, and later went into business for herself.

Gisella now has her own workshop, where she labors six days a week, from 8 in the morning until six in the evening. She buys supplies, paying cash at markets in the city center, and then sells her finished products to retailers, who are her main customers.

Gisella's goal is to better organize her workshop and then make improvements to her home so that her family - her husband and their five-year-old daughter - will be more comfortable.

Gisella is applying for a Kiva loan, her first from the Mario Santo Domingo Foundation, and will use the funds to purchase raw materials such as thread, wood, and other supplies. This investment will allow Gisella to boost production and provide a larger inventory to her customers. Her decision to apply for a loan will thus translate into commercial success.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer anonymized.



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