A loan of $1,275 helped purchase fabric and thread.

Oliva De Jesus's story

Olivia left her home town when she was 13 years old in order to look for work and to improve her economic conditions because her parents were very poor. In the city, she was able to find employment at different businesses and she also married and had 3 children, but when the father of her children left her, she was left alone to care for them. And so, she worked for free for 3 months for a woman just for food for herself and her children, but she also learned to sew, which allowed her to get a job as a seamstress for more than 20 years. Now, she has the advantage of having her oldest child who has a job and helps her to maintain her home and her other 2 children, and this has helped her to improve the quality of life at home. But because of health problems, Olivia has been obligated to quit her job, but because she needs to still earn an income, she has decided to open her own sewing business from home with her basic machine and in this way be able to work a little bit at a time. Because she doesn't have a lot of money to invest in her new business, she is looking for a loan to purchase fabric and thread to start her own clothing line. Her dream is to be able to enjoy good health and to continue to work and for her 3 children to be successful, to give them a better quality of life and access to quality education for her 2 youngest children. She also dreams to one day own her own home.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Kristin Connor

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