A loan of $600 helped fabric and thread.

Julia Jacqueline's story

Julia is 35 years old and lives in the urban area of Suburbio de Guayaquil; she has 2 daughters who are 10 and 13 and are in primary school. She started sewing 17 years ago when she finished secondary school, but since she didn't have other job opportunities elsewhere, she started working out of her home mending clothing for her neighbors with a small sewing machine.

Little by little she increased her income in her workshop; 10 years ago, she invested in cloth and began making her own clothes for larger warehouses to sell. Due to this good decision, she now has industrial sewing machines and she sells retail to her customers. She works from 8 am to 7 pm every day.

She will use the loan to buy fabric and thread to sell more clothing to the larger warehouses. In the future she would like to have her own clothing line and distribute wholesale.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Scott Crandall

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