A loan of $1,600 helped to buy a cover stitch machine, fabrics, thread, elastics, and pay for the maintenance of her machines.

Fátima Del Socorro's story

Fátima, age 51, lives with her husband and has no children. She has been a seamstress for 18 years, making blouses, sportswear, and household items from her own line. Fátima learned her trade through trial-and-error and gradually perfected her products. As a result, she has become well-known in the area where she lives and is able to generate income to help her husband with the financial burden of supporting their household. Fátima is an active woman who is passionate about her work, dedicated to her family, and tirelessly puts forth her best effort.

She is currently requesting a loan so that she can invest in the purchase of fixed assets (a cover stitch machine) and supplies in bulk (fabrics, thread, and elastics), as well as pay for the maintenance of her machines. This will help improve production since the machines will function in the correct manner. By having a wider variety of fabrics in different colors to offer to her customers, Fátima will also be able to deliver well-finished products that are of good quality. This is already reflected by the increase in her sales and her earnings.

Fátima dreams of growing her business and providing job opportunities. She will also be able to improve her living conditions and enjoy a better quality of life with her husband.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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