A loan of $500 helped to buy sewing supplies.

Maura Maria's story

Maura, 48, is originally from the Ometepe Island but currently lives in the city of Managua. She’s married and the mother of three children; only the youngest one is still in her care. She provides sewing services in her community. She’s owned a small sewing workshop for the last 20 years. Her academic level is third grade.

Maura started her activity at the age of 28 when she got married since her mother-in-law was in the same business and she was part of Maura’s motivation because watching her mother-in-law’s work drew her attention and she decided to start learning sewing to help her mother-in-law out with her work. She gradually acquired experience and mastered sewing skills. Subsequently, she started to sell her products around the neighborhood and realized that the business was profitable so she decided to increase production to fill all the orders for each and every one of her customers and to produce good quality products.

Her mother-in-law helps her with the business and she sells her products in Masaya, Granada, Ometepe Island and Rivas although she’d like her products to be known in other departments like Matagalpa, Chinandega and San Carlos to acquire more customers. Her oldest son sends her stipends to help with household expenses.

She’s asking for the loan to buy fabric, buttons, needles, thread, lace, etc., all the merchandise that’s needed to make her outfits which she figures will be useful because she’ll be able to invest in her business inventory to be able to meet customer demand. Her future plan is to buy two sewing machines to expand production and please her customers. Her short-term goal is to do some home improvements in order to have better living conditions and to be able to get ahead with her family.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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