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Maria Teresa Alberti
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Maria Teresa M. is a widower with one son. She makes skirts, blouses, shirts, pants, curtains, etc. This is her source of income that allows her, along with her 3 sisters, get ahead in life. She has been working as a seamstress and tailor for 15 years now. Currently, she owns 4 electric sewing machines, and two of her sisters help her make the clothes. She runs her workshop from home and searches for new customers in town. Right now she makes physical education sportswear for two schools. She goes out personally to look for customers so as to create more business for herself.

Translated from Spanish by Alison Rives, Kiva Volunteer.

La señora Maria Teresa M., viuda, con un hijo; se dedica a los tejidos; hace faldas, blusas, camisas, pantalones, cortinas etc., Es una fuente de ingresos que ella tiene de la cual le sirve para salir avante junto a sus 3 hermanas.
Lleva 15 años trabajando como costurera y sastre, actualmente cuenta con 4 maquinas eléctricas y las dos hermanas de ella le ayudan en el trabajo de tejidos y otros.
Tiene su taller en su casa, y desde allí, ella sale a buscar clientes a quien le puede trabajar; actualmente tiene dos colegios de los cuales les hace los uniformes de educación física, así mismo sale a buscar clientes en forma directa para poder tener una mayor producción de prendas.

Additional Information

About FAPE

FAPE, the Foundation for the Assistance of Small Businesses, is a nonprofit, socially-minded institution that provides loans to micro-entrepreneurs across Guatemala.

About Guatemala

  • $5,300
    Average annual income
  • 116
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    Guatemala Loans Fundraising
  • $11,638,450
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 7.6
    Guatemala Quetzales (GTQ) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,200 helped Maria Teresa Alberti the loan will be used to buy more material with which to make clothing items.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Apr 28, 2008
Apr 14, 2008
Currency Exchange Loss:
May 15, 2009