A loan of $1,125 helped to buy supplies for her dressmaking workshop and handicrafts to sell.

Mary Luz's story

Mary Luz C. is 44 years old and lives in the municipality of San Jacinto, in Bolivar province, where handicrafts and dressmaking are income-generating activities that are very common among the town's women. It's not surprising, then, to find that Mary has her own dressmaking workshop. She also has a store where she sells handicrafts that is well-known in the region. Her family includes her husband and 3 children aged 12 to 24 years. One of her children is in school, and the other 2 are working independently; they have chosen to develop their autonomy in the face of all that life presents them.

Mary started her dressmaking and handicraft businesses 23 years ago. She learned to sew from her uncle, and perfected her techniques through training at SENA. She strengthened her business through loans from the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, from which she has received 2 loans. With this loan from Kiva she will buy handicrafts and supplies for her sewing workshop. This is a safe investment because she works based on orders from her customers, particularly in the seasons when there is the most tourism in her area. Mary Luz tells us that the loans have increased her working capital and her profits, which has allowed her to improve her home and buy household goods needed by her family. Her dream is to keep increasing her profits through disciplined work, so that she can make improvements to her home until it is absolutely beautiful.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar

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