A loan of $1,200 helped to buy a 22-stitch sewing machine and raw materials.

Maria De Los Angeles's story

Profile: María de los Ángeles
600000 colones
Activity: Sewing

The client is a single woman living with her two minor children who are in school; she also cares for a grandchild. She’s been a seamstress for the last seven years. When she was pregnant with her youngest child she stopped working at a pineapple processing plant and used her severance pay to start the sewing business in order to be closer to the children. With effort she manages to acquire her own house through a housing bonus and a donated piece of land from the Costa Rica Agrarian Development Institute. With help from her family she set up a video club a year ago and she saves most of the profits from it to do home improvements.

She started her business with the liquidation payment she got when she stopped working for the pineapple processing plant. She managed to get a home sewing machine and started making clothes for neighbors and friends. Later, she invested her profits in the purchase of an industrial overlock sewing machine. Now, she uses the space to rent out movies which produces good income.

She used her previous loan to equip the sewing workshop and installed metal grates on the windows to improve security. On this occasion, she’s going to buy a new, 22-stitch sewing machine with the objective of producing better finishing touches on her garments. In addition, she will buy raw material to manufacture clothing and be able to fill customer orders.

The micro business manages a client portfolio that distributes merchandise in the Río Frío zone. It also produces garments on order and the video rental business she owns is now located in the space she used to lease (all permits are up to date). These aspects, as well as other financial indicators like improving her income by purchasing the sewing machine and having a better equipped workshop demonstrate her ability to repay her loan.

The activity currently has two industrial sewing machines and two home models. She has an area at home equipped for this type of work with a comfortable environment that separates the customer service area from the work space which greatly improves the current working conditions that have led to important development of the micro business. Her dream is that with the work done and the addition of the new video business she’ll be able to save to improve the conditions of her house while also acquiring more machines to produce excellent finishing touches on her garments.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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