A loan of $1,150 helped to buy a serging (specialized sewing) machine.

Gloria Emilsen's story

Gloria is married and has 2 children for whom she has always wanted to provide a good quality of life. Since her husband's salary is not sufficient to support all of the household expenses, she decided to learn how to sew and set up her own dressmaking workshop. This way she could generate income to make a financial contribution to the household so that her family could have a better quality of life. Four years ago, she learned this trade when she took a course from a state entity called SENA. Thanks to this training, she was able to get the knowledge she needed to start up her own dressmaking business. In her workshop she has some sewing machines with which she does her work, but as she lacks a machine to do the finishing work on the garments, she must pay high prices to a third party to do this work. For this reason she is now seeking a loan that will allow her to buy a serging machine that can do the finishing work on her garments; this way she can save on production costs. This will increase her profit margin, and in this way increase the earnings that she can bring home. Gloria dreams of making progress with her dressmaking workshop, of providing work for those who need it the most, and of providing her family with a good quality of life and better opportunities for economic progress.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar

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