A loan of $1,075 helped to buy fabric, thread, zippers, and other supplies to make clothing.

Antonia Idalinda's story

The San Esteban Communal Bank meets every two weeks in the city of Charapoto. The locality is known for its traditional culture and for being only a few minutes from the province's best beaches, San Jacinto and San Clemente.

Antonia lives here in Charapoto. She is 65 years old and lives in a common-law marriage, which has produced four children who are now grown-up and independent. Her husband does not work, as he is retired.

Antonio learned fabric-cutting and dressmaking from a very young age. Several years ago, with the aim of earning her own income and making use of her knowledge, she set up a small dressmaking workshop in her home. There she creates all kinds of clothing, although what she most enjoys making is children's clothes. She works to fulfil orders from individual customers, and in the current season she also makes uniforms for the local primary and secondary schools. When she has a lot of orders to deliver, she works every day.

She is seeking another loan because the previous one went very well; she made a lot of school uniforms, and so had a very good income. She has not been short of work, and uses her earnings to buy food and other household items, since her husband no longer works and they have many expenses. She will use this new loan to buy fabric, thread, zippers and other supplies to make her garments. She's been with the communal bank for 12 years, and she likes it because the group is very united and the members help each other out.

Antonia's dream is always to have good health.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Eloise Phipps

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