A loan of $1,025 helped buying fabric for school uniforms.

Fanny Margoth's story

Fanny Margoth R. Puerto is 55 years old. She lives in the San Jacinto Municipality, in the Bolivar region. Fanny has three children between the ages of 28 and 37. In her area, a number of women make crafts such as traditional woven hammocks, backpacks and purses. Their spouses usually do farm work. Fanny is no exception; she crochets backpacks, and she also has a dressmaking business, which is why she has applied for a loan. She plans to invest in fabric for school uniforms; she wants to be able to take advantage of the start of the school season. Fanny would also like to buy more yarn for woven backpacks.

Fanny has been working since she was quite young. She learned how to use sewing machines in a convent school, and has been using them in her work for about 35 years. She lives with her husband, a field worker, and two of their grandchildren. Fanny and her husband are providing their grandchildren with an education, because their own children need to live and work elsewhere. In addition to school uniforms, Fanny makes men's and women's clothing. When the demand for tailoring is low, she takes advantage of her weaving and crochet skills by producing and selling bags and purses. She comes up with creative designs in order to keep people interested in buying her bags.

Fanny started working with the Mario Santo Domingo Foundation in 1996. She was part of a group that received a substantial loan. Since then, she has received individual micro-loans. "My family's standard of living has been greatly improved by my income," she says. She's grateful to be working with the Foundation, which has given her the opportunity to work independently and support her grandchildren. Fanny is a credit to her family, and she has the support of her neighbours in hard times, too. They recognize the value of her work.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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