A loan of $800 helped sewing machine.

Angela Marina's story

Ángela is 46 years old. She makes and sews clothes in her home. She lives in a peri-urban area called Paraíso de la Flor. It is located in a region which is characterized by its dirt roads and mountains.

She learned to sew when she was a little girl because her mom taught her so that she would have an opportunity to work independently. At the age of 20, she began sewing and making clothes for her neighbors and friends. Little by little she was able to buy her own sewing machine and have a clearly defined number of customers. She currently has her sewing and dressmaking workshop in her home. She works from 7.30am to 4.30pm from Monday to Friday, making clothes to order and mending them.

She would like to use her loan to buy a sewing machine since the one she has is already old. In the future, she would like for her four children to be professionals and to have a stationery shop in her home.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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