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

Maria De Lourde's story

María is 53 years old. She is a single mother, and she lives in the urban area called Guasmo, which has a large number of businesses. She designs and sews clothes.

She started her sewing workshop 10 years ago, refitting part of her home to house the business. She sews and designs every day, but has no fixed timetable since she works from home. One problem she has with her work is that one of her sons is ill, and because she is divorced, she has to spend a lot of time taking care of him.

In order to be able to make more clothes for her clients, she wants to use this loan to buy a sewing machine and fabrics. In the future, she would like to have a workshop based outside of her home so that she could have more space and hire people to help her.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ross Forman

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