A loan of $1,050 helped buy a covering machine as well as other materials and supplies for sewing.

Esther's story

Esther, 57 years old, started her own sewing shop 20 years ago, following her natural inclinations toward this kind of work. In her job, she carries out every step of the process of making garments, which she will sell on credit to her neighbors, throughout the neighborhood, and in other areas near where she lives. Esther works tirelessly from 7 o'clock in the morning until 8:00 at night, Monday through Sunday, to complete her work and keep her customers loyal to her. Currently, she is applying for this loan from Kiva, her first with the Mario Santo Domingo Foundation, which she will use to buy a covering machine, as well as materials and other supplies. She needs these things so that she do the finishing on certain garments she makes and successfully work with fabrics that won't cooperate with industrial machines. This investment will help her reach success because she will save money on the costs of sending the garment out to be finished in other shops. Also, with the covering machine, she can earn additional income by providing services beyond what other seamstresses who don't have this kind of machine can provide.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Shannon Skoglund

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