A loan of $700 helped to pay for a sewing machine, fabric, and sewing supplies.

Nancy Del Rocio's story

Sra. Nancy is 33 years old and lives in a common-law relationship. She has five children aged 17, 15, 11, 8, and 4, all of whom attend high school, primary school, or kindergarten. Her partner is a businessman.

Several years ago Nancy learned how to sew and make clothes in a nearby college, and now she uses her knowledge and earns her own money. She opened a small sewing workshop in her home and makes all kinds of clothing, but only in the evenings and at weekends as during the rest of the week she works as a seamstress in a workshop in the centre of town and receives a weekly wage. Nancy works every day from 6 am to 6 pm in the workshop and then at home until 9 or 10 o’ clock at night, sometimes even later when she has orders to complete. She’s been doing this for eight years so she can have money of her own which comes in handy to help with her children’s education.

This new loan will be used partly to pay for a sewing machine that Nancy bought some time ago, and partly for fabric and other sewing supplies. She is in her third loan cycle with her Community Bank and likes the system because the loans are made quickly and without too much red tape. Her dream is to have her own workshop in the centre of town with some employees to help her.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jane A

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