A loan of $650 helped to buy fabric, thread and other sewing supplies.

Edhita Del Carmen's story

The “Quiroga” communal bank meets every two weeks in Quiroga Parish in the city of Calceta, a location where most residents work in agriculture, animal husbandry and selling their products. Edhita Del Carmen, 44, lives here. She’s separated but has four daughters; three of them are already independent and only one of her daughters still lives with her.

Several years ago, Edhita Del Carmen learned dressmaking and design at a local academy and since she knows how to sew and has a small workshop where she does all types of jobs, she sews all types of women’s clothes and even children’s clothes but what she likes best is to make women’s clothes. She also raises small farm animals because this doesn’t require much time and she’s able to earn a little extra that’s very useful for covering household expenses since she’s alone and has to find the way to move her daughter who still lives with her ahead. She’s been working making clothes for more than 15 years and thanks to this has been able to move forward.

She will use this loan to buy fabric, thread and other sewing supplies. She’s been in the communal bank for seven years and likes it because of the ease in getting loans. Her goal is to make her house out of cement since it’s currently made of sugarcane stalks.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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