A loan of $1,050 helped to buy fabrics, thread and buttons.

Alfredo Edmundo's story

Alfredo lives in Orquídeas, where he has a tailoring workshop. At the age of 49, he is a widower and his children are grown. He lives in the northern sector known as Bastión Popular, where he has his own home made of cement, with basic utility services. He started his tailoring workshop 11 years ago. He learned the trade when he was very young, because his mother worked in this business, and it was she who taught him to make clothing. He worked as her assistant for a number of years, learning not only how to make clothing but also how to deal with customers and suppliers. After some years went by, he set up on his own when he started a family, starting by offering his services with a home sewing machine. Little by little, he became known in the area and expanded his business, taking out several loans so that he could grow. Currently, he has several industrial machines, and he has lines of clothing that he creates. His orders come from companies, consisting of polo shirts embroidered with the firm's logo, unisex trousers and vests. This type of clothing is easier to make, because it is created with standard measurements. He works from Monday through Sunday, when necessary, from 8 in the morning to 6 in the evening. He maintains fixed working hours because he has a group of people who work for him. He feels satisfied because in these years he has seen his business grow to the point of providing jobs for people who need them. Alfredo's greatest problem is getting ill, because he knows everything about his business and does not have someone to replace him. However, he says he has faith in God who will provide him with health and the strength he needs to continue. He will use the loan he is requesting to buy supplies such as fabrics, thread and buttons, and he will also use some of the funds to carry out repairs to his machines.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Patricia Linderman

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