A loan of $1,025 helped to buy a straight-stitch sewing machine.

Miguelina Wencesla's story

Miguelina is 29 years old, married, and has three children, ages 7, 4 and 2. She sews traditional "cholita" skirts in her own workshop, located in her home in the Calama area. This is her second loan with the institution, and Miguelina is going to use it to buy a straight-stitch sewing machine for making her articles of clothing.

Miguelina faces challenges in her business, such as lack of machines and sometimes material, depending on the work she has to carry out. She is going to use the profits to purchase fabric. Miguelina is a hard-working person whose wish is to have a larger workshop, hire labor and teach young people the trade of dressmaking.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jeff Goldie

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