A loan of $1,050 helped to buy a cross-stitch machine for her dressmaking workshop.

Sandra Milena's story

Sandra sews clothes for third parties thanks to the support received from her father who employed her in his own dressmaking workshop. In her father's workshop, Sandra gained experience and trained in dressmaking, working in this job for 13 years. Motivated by the need to provide for her 11-year-old daughter, at 31 years of age Sandra decided to start working for herself. She used her savings to buy some dressmaking machines with which she started her own business, creating 2 direct jobs in her own dressmaking workshop.

Sandra hopes to buy a cover-stitch machine which will allow her to increase her production so that, by the time January and February come around, she will have a good amount of money saved up as this is a time of year in which her work slows down. Sandra would like and hopes to continue improving her quality of life and to increase the amount of time that she can devote to her daughter. In the future, she would like to have her own clothing line.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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