A loan of $275 helped to buy fabric.

Cruz Elena's story

Cruz Elena, age 57, is a single mother, and she has one child. When she was a young woman she learned the art of sewing, and she devotes herself to this. She does this in order to get her son ahead and to be able to give him an education.

She started her business of sewing garments and dressmaking over ten years ago. She learned everything having to do with seat covers, pillows and curtains. This has allowed her to generate greater income and to be more competitive in the market.

Her greatest wish is to get an industrial overlock machine. This would allow her to increase her productivity level, and later on she would be able to buy a house. In order to fulfill her dream, she is requesting a loan because she does not have her own resources.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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