A loan of $1,000 helped to buy clothesmaking supplies.

Esmeralda's story


Esmeralda lives in the 20 de Noviembre neighborhood in Puntarenas, a place with much poverty and social problems. She is 48 years old and lives alone. She manufactures clothing and other garments that she makes on her machines in a small home-based workshop. She makes bathing suits, pants, shirts, underwear and blouses, among others.

This loan’s objective is to buy more raw materials to make these garments and take advantage of the beginning of the summer season which is when commerce along this coastal zone increases. Street markets and other activities take place along a street that’s full of tourists who want to buy the various items offered there. She rises early to straighten up the house and then makes the items she has on order from customers to deliver them in the evening.

Among her goals, staying positive in the face of economic and work problems stands out as well as treating her customers well, charging fair prices and putting the best of herself into each garment she makes. She’s had no problems at work so far but if they do crop up she will face them with much dynamism.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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