A loan of $1,625 helped to buy two sewing machines, supplies to make bed linens and curtains, and to buy catalogue products.

Marta Daisy's story

Marta Daisy

Marta, 59, is a very responsible, hard-working woman who is requesting a third loan through the foundation to expand her business. She will invest in catalogue products and supplies to make bed linens, thanks to a course she took at INA. Her daughter and granddaughter will help with sales and she plans to improve the quality of the products she sews, with the sewing machines she will buy. She has an excellent credit record and is very dedicated to the work she does. She also works as a baby-sitter for two children, demonstrating her desire to work and improve her quality of life. She lives with her daughter, granddaughter and husband in Aserri, where her husband's family lives.

Fundación Mujer is the institution that supported Marta with an initial loan of 250,000 CRC for sales. She then moved to Aserri and, together with her husband, started a business with 40 small egg-laying hens The loan for this has been paid off. Due to health issues her husband had to quit the chicken business and return to San Rafael de Alajuela in his previous job. She wants to take advantage of her sewing experience to make bedspreads and other bed linens.

Marta has the capacity to take on the debt and has demonstrated excellent payment conduct with previous loans. And, she will diversify her products for the fixed customer base she already has. Her granddaughter and daughter will also help out with sales.

To her fixed clientele she shows fashion catalogues, and renews her merchandise when necessary. She has studied courses at INA and wants to use her expertise making bed linens and bedspreads. She needs two sewing machines to give her products a better finish. For now she is using a machine she borrowed from her granddaughter. This is her third loan. She also takes care of children in the morning and afternoon. On weekends she dedicates time to her business and works from home, since this is the best option for earning an income for her family.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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