A loan of $1,000 helped to buy fabric and thread and to do home improvements buying building materials like cement, bricks and lumber.

Carmen Rosa's story

Carmen, 56, lives in an urban zone in El Suburbio in Guayaquil. She’s separated and has five adult, married children. She has a Dressmaking business.

She started this occupation because she learned it very young and a very kind person provides her with raw materials and that’s how she got into this activity. She does not have a set work schedule because she has to fulfill her contract. There are days when she only does her housework and others when she does her commercial activities.

With help from the loan she wants to buy materials for her house and more merchandise for her business. In the future she’d like to finish building her house.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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