A loan of $800 helped fabric, thread.


Lucina Paulina's story

Lucina V., 57, lives in a periurban area of Paraíso de Guayaquil. Her house is cement and has electricity and running water but the streets where she lives are still unpaved. She is a widow but has two married daughters with children of their own.

Lucina started her sewing business when her husband died because she had no income to support her family. She used some savings to buy a small sewing machine and started to advertise herself in the neighborhood as a seamstress.

She currently has a small workshop at home and works from 6:30am until she finishes her work.

She will use the funds to buy fabric, thread and buttons.

In the future she would like her workshop to be the largest in the area and that her daughters work with her.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz



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