A loan of $1,575 helped a member fabric to make sweatsuits.


Las Rosarinas Group's story

For the past 20 years Melita has worked as a seamstress in her own house. Her grandparents were the ones who started her in the business because they have a workshop. She even remembers that when she was a child and didn’t behave, her grandfather punished her by making her turn the shirt collars or iron the pants pockets. This was how she learned, and as a young girl, she decided to study and perfect the traD.. When she married, she bought a house and saw that there was no other tailor shop in the area, and she thought it would be a good idea to put one in since the area was starting to increase in population. She wasn’t wrong and she recognizes that her work has offered her the ability to pay the family expenses, especially because of the sudden illness of her husband. Melita is the one who pays all and figures out how to handle everything. Currently she is making school uniforms and sweatsuits for 2 schools. She will use the loan to buy fabric to make sweatsuits. What she would like most in the future is to fix up a place in her house where she can put a bigger workshop for the public and especially to buy industrial sewing machines since her goal is to produce the uniforms for all the schools in the area where she lives. Melita is a member of the 8-person group “Las Rosarinas”. She is the treasurer. *In the photo she is sitting and wearing a red blouse.

In this group: Melita Beatriz, Mercedes, Ana Maria, Lina Azucena, Quispe Jancco Susana, Hilda*, Nelly, Sandra Melita
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Miriam Palacio



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