A loan of $1,125 helped to invest in the purchase of materials like stuffing, fabric, cords, and other materials, as well as a family sewing machine.

Martha Segunda's story

Martha is 46 and the mother of 3 children who range in age from 22 to 30. She works in the municipality of Soledad, where she also lives. She makes curtains, valances, and cushions, an activity that she learned 30 years ago to support her home. She initially worked in a furniture shop where she sewed by hand and later acquired new experience in a sewing shop making curtains for 13 years. In 1990, the shop was liquidated, and she bought a sewing machine and started her own business. She has obtained good income to support her family's well-being.

Martha has worked with Fundación Santo Domingo for one year. They have supported her with capital through a loan, and she is now applying for her second loan, which she will invest in the purchase of materials like padding, cords, and other supplies as well as a family sewing machine that will facilitate an increase in her production, and with it, her sales. Her goal is to grow her clientele and to offer income opportunities to more workers. She works very hard and maintains a profitability of no less than 16%, which is why she is planning her growth.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Tanya Harper

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