A loan of $600 helped to buy sewing materials.

Bertha Aurora's story

Bertha, 34, is a member of the “Mujeres de la Colina II” communal bank, which is in the Banda de Shilcayo district, San Martín province, San Martín department. She lives with her partner and has three children, all of whom still are dependent on her. For the past 10 years, Bertha has been a seamstress. Having these skills, she didn't hesitate to set up her own sewing workshop in her home. It is a very well-equipped environment where she tends to her regular customers on a daily basis since she is well known and they require her services. Bertha works based on advance orders placed by her customers and, thanks to the ever-present smile and kindness they get from her, they feel happy and satisfied. Currently, Bertha is very happy and proud of what she has accomplished. And, on another point, she also travels to neighborhing towns to sell her dresses which she herself has made. With the 1,700 sol loan she plans to buy meters of fabric in various colors and kinds, tools she uses, like scissors, large spools of thread in various colors, sewing needles (both hand and machine), pins and buttons. Today, she feels very fulfilled, with stronger desire to reach and make her other dreams come true. She is grateful to Manuela Ramos for helping her start her business and also to many women who want to grow as businesswomen.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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