A loan of $1,000 helped purchase rolls of fabric & thread.

Aquilina Estela's story

Aquilina, age 40, operates a sewing workshop. She lives with her two children (ages 18 and 14) in a place located along the Perimetral Highway in Guayaquil that is surrounded by a marsh.

When she started having financial problems during the time she separated from her husband, Aquilina decided to start sewing clothes for her neighbors in order to earn money to support her two children. Whenever she needed extra income, she would walk the streets of Bahía (a clothing market that covers seven blocks) in search of potential customers. With dedication, Aquilina now has an assistant who helps with sewing the clothes and making deliveries to her customers in Bahía. She makes pajamas, shirts, trousers, and other types of garments.

With this loan, Aquilina wants to buy rolls of fabric and thread for making more clothes. In the future, she wants to hire more staff so that she can produce a larger volume of clothing.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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