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Lucila Bertha
Lucila, 51, is originally from Granada Department but she’s been living in León for 28 years. She’s married and the mother of two children. She’s a Biology Teacher in en elementary school but she’s also a dressmaker. She started this activity 14 years ago in order to generate income she needed to cover medical expenses associated with a disease her younger daughter has; she was born with a learning disability and would get sick often. Because of this she had to find other ways to earn a living because her salary as a teacher was very low and did not suffice to cover her daughter’s medical expenses. She has dressmaking skills so she decided to put them into practice. She continues working as a teacher but spends weekends sewing. Her husband has supported her efforts from the very beginning. He works caring for a farm where he grows sesame.

She asked for the loan to buy raw material like: fabric, thread, elastic and buttons. With this investment she hopes to improve her income, gain new customers, deliver better quality items and be able to buy her work materials.

In the future, she’d like to become a full-time dressmaker and leave teaching to spend more time with her daughter and to strenghthen the dressmaking business to make clothes to sell in downtown León.

Her next goal is to improve her workshop’s infrastructure as well as her home’s, to have a savings account and to always fight for her family’s wellbeing.
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Doña Lucila, tiene 51 años de edad, es originaria del departamento de Granada, pero tiene 28 años de vivir en León, esta casada, es madre de dos hijos, ella es maestra de biología, da clases en una escuela primaria, pero también se dedica a la costura. Inicio esta actividad hace 14 años lo hizo por la necesidad de mantener los gastos médicos que le genera la enfermedad que padece su hija menor ya que ella nació con una deficiencia de aprendizaje, se enfermaba muy seguido debido a eso se vio en la necesidad de buscar otro medios de subsistencia ya que su salario como maestra era muy poco y no le daba para cubrir los gastos médicos de su hija. Además ella posee la habilidad de confeccionar atuendos y decidió ponerlo en práctica. Siempre sigue dando clases como maestra, los fines de semana se dedica a la costura, su esposo la ha apoyado desde un principio, el trabaja cuidando una finca, el siembra ajonjolí.
Solicito el préstamo para la compra de materia prima como telas, hilos, elásticos, botones. Con esta inversión espera mejorar sus ingresos, hacer nuevos clientes, entregar trabajos con mayor calidad y poder comprar material de trabajo.
Ella desea en futuro dedicarse de tiempo completo a la costura y dejar de dar clases en la escuela para pasar el mayor tiempo con su hija, poder tener el negocio de la costura con mayor solidez, confeccionar ropa para venderla en el centro de la ciudad de León. Su próxima meta es realizar mejoras a la infraestructura de su taller de costura, así mismo la de su hogar, tener una cuenta de ahorro y siempre seguir luchando por el bienestar de su familia.

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Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $600 helped Lucila Bertha to buy raw materials like: buttons, thread, fabric and elastic.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
May 4, 2011
Listed
May 9, 2011
Currency Exchange Loss:
N/A
Ended:
Jun 16, 2012