A loan of $1,450 helped to purchase a twin needle sewing machine.

Maria Graciela's story

Maria learned her work thanks to a neighbor who taught it to her and with her knowledge she succeeded in having a job for 27 years in a tailoring company. Three years ago, looking to be able to care more for her home, she decided to become independent and with some small savings she bought a sewing machine and began to offer tailoring services to others. Despite the fact that in the beginning the earnings from the business were very low due to the fact that she could do only the sewing process with her machine, being able to care for her four children from home made her quality of life improve considerably. Thanks to her efforts her tailoring workshop has been growing and with the same earnings from the business she has bought more machinery, which has permitted her to do other tailoring processes and so, little by little, she has more opportunities for work. Currently she has large orders from her clients but as she doesn’t have the proper machine she must perform the sewing process two times and so Maria is looking for a loan to be able to buy a twin needle sewing machine and thus speed up her production in order to get more work.

Her dream is to come to have a large tailoring workshop where she can generate employment for other relatives who are in financial difficulty. She also aspires to be able to have a better income for her household and that this will permit her to offer her four children and her husband a better quality of life and greater economic opportunities in order to get ahead.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Melanie Snellings

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