A loan of $1,000 helped fabric, thread, and a sewing machine.

Pedro Martin's story

Pedro is 37 years old and lives in the el Fortín area in Guayaquil, an area on the outskirts of the city with a crumbling environment. He has a sewing shop, but before making his own clothes he worked as a tailor making alterations and repairs.

With hard work and dedication he was able to buy a sewing machine, and he runs his sewing shop out of his house. He makes shirts, pants, and other outfits. He works from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm. To have a better chance of growing his business he will use the loan to purchase fabrics, thread, and another sewing machine.

In the future he would like to have a separate location for his shop and finish building his home, which is still made of sugar cane.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Patrick King

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