A loan of $700 helped to buy two sewing machines to make curtains and bath sets.


Eilyn's story

Eilyn is 26 years old. She has two young children, and right now she is separated from the children’s father. She lives with them in a small house in the San Pedro de Poas area, a town located on the slopes of the Poas Volcano in the rural area of the Central Valley of Costa Rica. Previously she quit her job at a local manufacturing factory in order to care for her two young ones. For this reason she wants to start a business, buying two sewing machines and raw materials for making curtains and bath sets. She works from home, cares for her kids, and sells locally to add a little income to her small monthly child support of 80,000 colones ($156 dollars a month) in order to pay for a place to live and for her family’s food.

She begins her day at 6:00 in the morning, getting her 6 year old daughter ready to go to school. She comes back and does the housework. She picks her daughter up at 10:30 am, and during that time she has her little son. She gets lunch ready since, with two children in the house, she begins her work in the afternoon, and she plans to work, depending on orders, until 9:30 pm.

With this money she hopes to pay household expenses, developing herself as an entrepreneur and a mother. She wants a better life for her family so that they can live well, and most importantly, so that she can be close to her children during the day. Right now she’s having money problems which is the reason the family (her father and mother) have prompted her to develop of this business and get ahead financially.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jodi Nelan



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