A loan of $325 helped to buy fabric, thread, lace, and zippers.

Josefa's story

Josefa, who is 35 years old, is a hard-working and cheerful woman. She lives in her own house with her spouse Yavaly, who earns a living driving a taxi. They have two children who are 12 and 3 years old.

Josefa's work consists of making clothing for men, women, and children. She performs this work in the home of one of her friends, who is her business parter. She began in this line of work by helping in a textile business. There, she learned the basics and decided to buy a sewing machine so she could work at home. As time went by, a friend suggested that they work together, so they formed a company to meet their clients' needs. They have now hired two women to help them get the work done efficiently. She says that her business is profitable because of the quantity of customers who seek them out. Now, they have deals with institutions for whom they sew uniforms. Every day, their customer base increases.

Before starting her business, Josefa was afraid of starting her own business, but a friend encouraged her and supported her in creating her first garments. So far, everything is going well for her. Every day, she sees how her production is increasing and she has positive earnings.

Josefa hopes to remain in this business and have her own shop. This will be her second loan with MFP and she plans to use the loan to buy materials like fabric and thread for her business. In addition, she will have her mototaxi [a three-wheeled vehicle] repaired so that it will be in good shape and able to distribute her merchandise.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Holly Torpey

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