Made a Kiva loan to a Julia in Columbia.
Julia has a small workshop located in the southwestern area of the city,
where she makes cloth handbags, straps, cosmetic bags, small wallets,
and sports caps. She learned the trade from her sister, who is also in
this line of work.
Julia sells directly to her customers, who are coworkers, neighbors, and
people referred to her by these buyers. She makes her purchases in cash
at establishments specializing in sewing supplies and charges her
customers 50% cash and 50% credit. She works Monday through Sunday in
the afternoons, since she also generates income as a housekeeper.
She currently wants to increase her amount of products and, in order to
do so, she needs a semi-industrial flat sewing machine, which will allow
her to obtain a better finishing on her products. She will also
purchase raw materials and supplies. She will buy fabric, accessories
such as sliding buckles, thread, and buttons. Her investment will allow
her to increase her sales volume and obtain better income, which is
precisely her goal for this Kiva loan.