A loan of $550 helped to buy fabric, thread, buttons, zippers, etc.

Rosa Elena's story

The members of the “Nueva Luz” (New Light) communal bank meet every two weeks in the city of Santa Ana known for its beautiful scenery and beautiful fresh water resorts that are visited by many tourists.

We met Rosa, 52, here. She’s a single mother of two adult children. The younger of her children still lives at home. This is her second cycle in the communal bank and she likes it because of the unity of her fellow members.

She has a small dressmaking shop in her house where she’s been sewing for many years making all kinds of clothes but she tells us that what she likes making the most is ladies clothes although he also makes shirts and children’s clothes. She works based on prior orders from individuals and during the start of school terms she makes uniforms for the local schools. She works every day from 6am until 10pm and sometimes even later when she has orders to fill.

She will use this new loan to buy fabric, thread, buttons, zippers and other sewing supplies.

Her dream is to have a larger workshop and a store downtown where she can sell her works.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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