A loan of $1,200 helped to buy a sewing machine, fabric, thread and costume jewelry to sell in her store.

Ana Leticia's story

Leticia, 44, is married and has two children; she lives with her husband and one of her children. She has been running her store for five years; it’s home-based. Leticia sells clothes that she makes herself in her store and also cosmetics, costume jewelry and other items for the home.

Every day from 7 in the morning until 11 she sews and does clothing repairs. At the same time she takes care of store customers. In the afternoon she tends to the store and on some days travels to a nearby city to buy merchandise and materials.

Leticia has asked Fundación Mujer for a loan to buy a sewing machine and raw materials to make clothes and merchandise (costume jewelry, purses, cosmetics and items for the home). She identifies the Christmas season as a time of possibly increasing sales. With help from the loan Leticia will be able to take advantage of increased demand during this season. In the future, Leticia dreams with moving her business to the center of the city where there are more customers that will allow for greater economic stability.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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