A loan of $1,000 helped to buy cement and sand.

Mariana De Jesus's story

Mariana is 49 years old. She is a seamstress and dressmaker. She makes her products to fill orders from different people from her area of Primavera de Duran (a peri-urban area with a deteriorating ecosystem on the outskirts of Guayaquil).

Through the need to work and the lack of opportunities, María started working as a seamstress and dressmaker 20 years ago because it was the activity that she most liked doing. She doesn't work regular hours since her dressmaking workshop is located in her own home. She works making clothes to order. One of the difficulties she has in working is that her house is badly built and has problems.

She will use this loan to buy fabric and also to buy cement, sand and blocks to fix her house a little. In the future, she would like to continue enjoying good health and continue working to guarantee her old age.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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