A loan of $1,075 helped fabrics and threads for her sewing workshop.

Nancy Alexandra's story

Nancy owns her own home in El Fortín, an area in the southern urban zone of Guayaquil. Her house is made of cement and has electricity. In this area it is common to not have good drinking water from the tap so the inhabitants buy it from tanker trucks. In spite of everything, Nancy has a small sewing workshop which she began with the help of her husband who bought Nancy her first sewing machine seven years ago. Currently she has an industrial sewing machine that she bought with a previous loan, an upholstery machine, and a cutting table. She works from eight in the morning to eight at night, sometimes by herself and sometimes informally hiring someone. Her main orders are uniforms for schools, businesses, and sports as well as dresses. She makes quantities between 300 and 100 garments, depending on the order. Her biggest inconvenience is that in her area there are problems with the electricity and it goes out with some frequency, making her lose time and potentially damaging her equipment. The loan will be used to buy fabrics and threads for her workshop and to buy concrete blocks, cement, and sand to expand her house so that her husband can open a grocery store. In the future she would like to finish building her house.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Anna Ruby Waxham Blackwell

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