A loan of $550 helped buy meters of fabric, needles, and pins.

Ysolina's story

Ysolina belongs to the Los Rosales Communal Bank in the San José de Sisa district, El Dorado province, San Martín department. She is 32, in a common law marriage, and has three children who are still dependent upon her.

Ysolina has been making clothes for 15 years. Little by little she started generated her own income and saving money. She wanted to set up her own shop making clothes. As she has the ability to make clothes, she did not doubt that she could do it. With support from the Movimiento Manuela Ramos she decided to set up her own business, which is located in her own house. It is in a very well-equipped space. She tells us that her sewing is going very well for her. She works on orders that her customers place in advance. She waits on her customers with the friendliness and charisma that she is known for.

She will use this loan for 1,500 PEN to buy meters of different types of fabric in different colors, instruments that she uses like scissors, large spools of different colors of thread, needles for sewing and for the machine, pins, and buttons.

Ysolina now feels like a very fulfilled woman who has a great desire to achieve and make the rest of her dreams come true. She is grateful to the Movimiento Manuela Ramos for helping her start her business and also for helping so many other women who want to grow as entrepreneurs.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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