Total loan: $4,275


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San Agustín Etla, Oaxaca, Oax., Mexico / Clothing

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A loan helped to build the roof of her sewing workshop where more women could learn how to sew and make clothes to be sold in Leticia´s store.

Leticia's story

Leticia, 39, is an entrepreneur from San Agustin Etla, Oaxaca. With the help of 5 other women from her community, Leticia makes contemporary clothing with traditional embroidery from all over Oaxaca. After graduating from junior high Leticia saw no point in continuing with high school. She preferred earning some money helping her aunt clean her sewing workshop. That’s where Leticia first learned how to sew. She was so good at it that after some time she helped her aunt open a second workshop where Leticia was the teacher. Her aunt convinced her of going back to high school and later helped her earn a scholarship to attend a technical college in Mexico City to obtain her associate´s degree in Fashion Design. During the 3 years she spent studying in Mexico City, her parents could only afford to send her 30 USD every month, so Leticia made clothes for her classmates and even for her teachers to support herself and pay for her school materials. After obtaining her degree she went back to Oaxaca and started teaching. Unfortunately, after getting married and having two kids, life got too complicated. Her mother and mother-in-law both got sick and Leticia gave up teaching to take care of them. In 2010 she started sewing and selling clothes again. Quickly she became known for her clothing that combined traditional embroidery from Oaxaca and contemporary designs. She became so successful that her husband stopped working in order to help with the house chores and allow Leticia to have more time for sewing. Nowadays her husband works with Leticia. He operates the overlock sewing machine‎ and her sister is in charge of the store in downtown Oaxaca. Leticia is asking for a loan to finish building the roof of her own sewing workshop. But this is no ordinary workshop. Besides having a training and working space, Leticia plans to also build a small store with fitting rooms and a warehouse. Leticia´s goal is to have a space where more women could learn how to sew and she could offer them a steady source of income by making clothes to be sold at her store.