A loan of $575 helped to purchase an industrial sewing machine.

Luz Elena's story

Luz Elena has dedicated the greater part of her life to sewing since her mother taught her this business from a very early age. She has always enjoyed it and so later she decided to begin a course of study where she was taught more about the techniques of dressmaking. Once she learned all the techniques and learned to make articles of clothing, her father gifted her a sewing machine with which to begin her work, and she has been refurbishing these machines as time goes by.

Currently Luz Elena remains in business with her own dressmaking shop and has already purchased two additional machines, as well as a cutting table and other tools for her shop. Thanks to the good quality of the apparel she makes, Luz Elena has a very good reputation among her customers, who place very good orders with her. Frequently Luz Elena must hire two persons to help her with her work, since the orders are so large that she is not able to fulfill them all on her own.

Luz Elena has seen her sales increase substantially, and making the clothes by machine and by hand is no longer producing results. Thus Luz Elena turns to the hope that a loan may provide her with the possibility of being able to purchase an industrial sewing machine with which to construct the apparel in automated, and thus more efficient, fashion.

Luz Elena dreams that her business would continue to grow and generate a good profit with which to offer her husband and two children, of 14 and 18 years of age, a better quality of life and stable financial prosperity.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Meg Wolfe-Roberts

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