A loan of $1,075 helped to purchase fabric, thread, and chemicals.

Cristina De Las Mercedes's story

Cristina is 37 years old. She was born in Guayaquil and lives with her family. She is married to Washington, who is a tailor. They have three school age daughters who attend public school. Cristina tells us that she has been a seamstress for many years. Currently, she makes vests which she sells to companies. She doesn't do the work alone since she counts on the help of her husband who also knows the business. She doesn't have a fixed schedule because she increases or decreases her production according the orders (she receives). She also tells us that the problem she has right now is the roads which are in disrepair and that makes the delivery of merchandise difficult. Cristina also sells chemical cleaning products which generates extra income. With the loan, she is going to buy chemicals, fabric and thread with the hope of increasing her production in order to purchase a vehicle.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Kathryn Luehm

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