A loan of $825 helped to buy a sewing machine, thread, and other sewing materials.

Gladys Monserrate's story

Gladys is 58 years old, divorced, and has two grown and independent children. She began her sewing business many years ago when she bought a sewing machine and put a sign outside of her house saying she made clothes. Soon after she had a lot of business from neighbors and friends, and had enough money to buy another sewing machine. She currently works with two assistants, Mondays through Saturdays, from 8 in the morning until 6 in the evening.

With this loan, she will buy another sewing machine, thread, and other sewing materials. Her goal is to be able to teach many people how to sew, in order to provide work for people who need it.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Kaitlyn Godfrey

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