Mariza used to provide her sewing services at a street market back in her native Brazil. When she came to the U.S. nine years ago, she worked as a household cleaner, and one day her boss was trying to sew up some torn drapes. When Mariza's boss saw that her sewing quality was of a professional quality, she recommended that she go into business for herself and sew for a living.
In the beginning, Mariza found it difficult to purchase the equipment she needed to start her business because she did not have very much capital. She used her first ACCION USA loan to buy a second sewing machine, and she plans to use this one to buy more materials so she can prepare for an uptick in business with the coming holiday season. She is grateful to have found out about ACCION USA in her local newspaper, because she is able to work with a loan consultant who speaks her language (Portuguese) and who also has the patience to give her detailed advice about her business.
Mariza runs her business out of her home for now, but she plans to one day open her own tailoring shop. She loves what she does because her customers are always impressed with the work and show their gratitude when she finishes a job for them - she says she gets a lot of compliments on her work!