A loan of $575 helped to buy supplies for her workshop.

Mariela's story

Mariela has always been known for her determination, thanks to which she has been able to provide for her children and continue getting ahead despite the many great challenges she has had to face in her life. Mariela is divorced and the single mother of three children for whom she wants to provide a good education. Her three children are young adults, so they are not a great burden for Mariela, but she still has to pay for a university education for one of them. Mariela is in the sewing business. She learned the skill years ago when she worked for a company, but then decided to work for herself because she did not feel she was being paid well. In her workshop, Mariela makes and repairs handbags and, sometimes, shoes. She is able to generate enough income for her household. In order to buy supplies for her workshop, Mariela is seeking a loan to buy sewing supplies for her shop.

She is hopeful the purchase will not affect her monthly income so she can continue giving her family a good quality of life. Her goal is to continue working on her own and being able to generate an income independently.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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