A loan of $1,000 helped to buy raw materials to make rugs and orthopedic neck braces.

Maria De Los Angeles's story

María de los Ángeles, 61, lives with her husband and two children. Due to economic reasons she was unable to complete elementary school and has worked since she was a little girl. This is the first time she’s asked for a loan from the Fundación which she learned about through an organization called INAMU; they were the ones that referred her.

She makes rugs out of pieces of cloth, purses, seat covers and some orthopedic neck braces. She intends to use the loan to invest in raw materials to make her products and to have capital to continue investing.

María started out with the amount of 20,000 colones to buy her first sewing machine 30 years ago. She rises early every day to do her domestic chores and later she starts sewing until the afternoon and after that she focuses on selling.

An obstacle she faces is that her mother is sick and she has to travel to Guanacaste every two weeks to care for her. Her goal is to eventually have a shop with a lot of work.

This granted loan will be of great benefit for her because she’ll be able to have more working capital and will be able to buy more, better quality fabric.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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