A loan of $1,700 helped to buy a new sewing machine.

Gladis De Maria's story

Gladis has 15 years’ experience in sewing and has had a workshop in her home for the past two years. She works all day and creates three jobs for people who really need them through her workshop. She learned this activity from her mother, who taught her when she was very young. The advantage she has is that she knows the business and her production quality is very good, which has allowed her to increase her number of customers and this has translated into large orders. Because she doesn’t have the necessary capability to meet all of her customers’ production needs, Gladis need a loan to buy an overlock sewing machine to increase her production capacity.

Her greatest desire is to get ahead with her workshop and be able to have better financial opportunities to move ahead with her husband and three children.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes

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