A loan of $575 helped to buy supplies and raw materials so that she can fill some orders that customers have placed. She will also have her three sewing machines serviced.

Luz Marina's story

Luz Marina is the single mother of two children who she has always wanted to provide with a better quality of life. This is why she works hard every day in her dressmaking workshop, with the aim of improving her household income and making progress in life. When her children's father abandoned her, Luz Marina started working hard in her dressmaking activities. She was already familiar with this work thanks to a family member who worked in the same business and who she used to help out occasionally. Thanks to the experience she already had, Luz Marina was able to start up her own workshop and provide dressmaking services to third parties. Thanks to the good quality of her products, she currently has very good orders from her customers. Owing to the fact that she doesn't have a lot of capital, she faces certain difficulties when people place large orders with her. However, she now has the opportunity to take out a loan and buy the supplies and raw materials she needs to fill her orders. She is also able to have her three sewing machines serviced. This will enable her to overcome the problems she faces as a result of her lack of capital and she will be able to make progress in her business. Her biggest dream is to create jobs in her dressmaking workshop and to teach the business to other people so that they can provide for their families.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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