A loan of $1,200 helped for sewing machines.

Maria Dolores's story

María, 43, designs and makes clothes in a small shop that she’s set up in her home. She lives in a canton called Playas, one of Ecuador’s tourist sites that has a vast array of seafood.

When she was young she took a clothes making and design course with the idea of having her own dressmaking shop. When she turned 15 she started to make clothes for her neighbors and friends and bit by bit, with effort, she has turned this activity into economic stability because it produces income. Now, she works from 8am until 8pm designing and sewing in her house which is where she has her workshop.

She wants to use the loan to buy sewing machines because she needs to increase her sales volume. One of her goals is to make adjustments to her house so that her business can operate more easily; another is that her children successfully complete their education.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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