A loan of $900 helped buy the following fabrics: waterproof, gabardine, netting, dacron, and linen.

Zoila Del Socorro's story

Zoila del Socorro M. E. is a 37 year old small businesswoman. She is a single mother with five children. The children go to school thanks to their mother’s efforts. She has been a seamstress for over 20 years.

Zoila has a lot of customers in the neighborhood where she lives. There is little competition. She also has contracts with schools and private institutions to make uniforms. Through this activity Zoila has been able to, by herself, get her children ahead.

Nevertheless, she has to buy the fabric for the contracts that she has. She needs to have the money to do this because the institutions only give her a payment ahead of time that does not cover all of the investment.

This seamstress has benefited a couple of times from help from Kiva. She has made her payments on time. She is grateful to the lenders who put their faith in her. She plans to be able to keep making her payments on time.

Mrs. M. has various contracts to fill. That is why she needs a loan to buy the following supplies:

1 roll of waterproof fabric at US $270 per roll, 100 yards of gabardine fabric for US $1.50 per yard, 100 yards of netting fabric at US $1 per yard, 100 yards of Dacron fabric for US $3 per yard, and 1 roll of linen fabric at US $80 per roll.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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