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A loan of $600 helped to buy raw materials like: buttons, thread, fabric and elastic.

Lucila Bertha's story

Lucila, 51, is originally from Granada Department but she’s been living in León for 28 years. She’s married and the mother of two children. She’s a Biology Teacher in en elementary school but she’s also a dressmaker. She started this activity 14 years ago in order to generate income she needed to cover medical expenses associated with a disease her younger daughter has; she was born with a learning disability and would get sick often. Because of this she had to find other ways to earn a living because her salary as a teacher was very low and did not suffice to cover her daughter’s medical expenses. She has dressmaking skills so she decided to put them into practice. She continues working as a teacher but spends weekends sewing. Her husband has supported her efforts from the very beginning. He works caring for a farm where he grows sesame.

She asked for the loan to buy raw material like: fabric, thread, elastic and buttons. With this investment she hopes to improve her income, gain new customers, deliver better quality items and be able to buy her work materials.

In the future, she’d like to become a full-time dressmaker and leave teaching to spend more time with her daughter and to strenghthen the dressmaking business to make clothes to sell in downtown León.

Her next goal is to improve her workshop’s infrastructure as well as her home’s, to have a savings account and to always fight for her family’s wellbeing.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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