A loan of $250 helped buy threads, needles, and oil for machine maintenance.

Victoria's story

Mrs. Victoria C. Alvares lives in the community of Tlayecac, Ayala in the state of Morelos in Mexico. She is 37 years old, she graduated from high school and she is married. She has two daughters: Perla is 8 years old and goes to elementary school; Ingrid is 5 years old and goes to pre-school. She has a sewing workshop and requested a loan to maintain the machines and to buy threads, needles, and oil. To her customers, she offers pants, shorts, shirts, t-shirts, and jackets; she also takes volume orders from her customers. She started her business 3 years ago; she worked sewing with another lady as an employee and then she decided to have her own business. With loans, she bought 2 industrial machines and with the profits she bought two more machines.

Her business is located at her Mother’s house; she lives just around the corner and she walks to her workshop. This business is important to her because it provides income for food and household expenses. She has a customer from Yautepec that supplies to other states. She derives great satisfaction when she collects payments and has money. She likes to work with the sewing machines and is proud to have a job, to have her own industrial machines, and to have ready-resources to support expenses when her husband gets sick. She uses the profits from the business for food, household expenses, loan payments, and to re-invest.

The Business has helped her with expenses, school payments for her daughters and many other things. She wishes to stucco her house, add flooring, and buy furniture. Her dream is to have a special room for her workshop since she is currently at her Mom’s house. She is happy with the provided loan because it will help her stock up her business. She would like for her daughters to continue going to school; this loan will help her to buy school supplies and pay school expenses. She wants to give thanks to Kiva and Fundación Realidad for supporting people with limited resources and for the low interest rates. Tlayecac is a pretty town because it is tranquil and with convenient shopping; they grow sorghum, corn and onions.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Carlos Morales

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