A loan of $775 helped to buy fabric, thread, and cotton.

Betty's story

Fifty-year-old Betty is an enterprising woman. She lives in her own home by herself, as her children are independent. Betty's work consists of sewing women's and little girls' clothing, such as blouses, polo shirts, and lingerie, among other things. She carries out her business in a small space in her home. She has been doing this work for six years; she started out with some friends who were sewing dresses for young ladies who were turning 15 and she saw that it was a profitable business. Now her friends are her partners and together they sew clothing in bulk. Her family gave her the financial support to buy her first sewing machine. Currently, she hopes to form a small company along with her friends because she has more customers every day and she already has several orders. As such, she is asking for 2,000 soles to buy supplies in bulk, such as fabric, thread, cotton, etc. By buying wholesale she can get her merchandise and a lower price. This will allow her to increase her income in the future.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Alyson Trowbridge

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