A loan of $1,075 helped to buy raw materials.

Maria De La Luz's story

María de la Luz is from the city of Monterrey, Nuevo León, México. She comes from a large family of limited resources which is why she started at a very young age looking for a way to contribute towards household expenses.

Once she completed elementary school she looked for work as an assistant in sewing workshops. At that time she earned minimum wage and she’d give her mother the entire amount she earned each week. She gradually learned the art of clothing design so years later became confident enough to become independent and with much sacrifice and by paying in installments was able to buy her first sewing machine.

She’s a single mother so the responsibility she carried impelled her to seek growth and she succeeded in buying three industrial sewing machines and set up a modest workshop and hired two workers. María believes that she can increase her production capacity which is why she’s requested a loan to expand the business and improve her income. Her sixteen-year-old son, Juan Carlos, is in second semester of high school which is why María is intent on moving him forward.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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