A loan of $1,225 helped to buy a sewing machine and basic materials to make garments.

Ligia's story

600,000 CRC

Ligia is 42 years old. She lives with her husband and two children, in addition to caring for a granddaughter, in the city of Grecia in the province of Alajuela. She is a hardworking woman who worked in North America in order to support her daughter's studies. Now her daughter is a legal professional. She acquired some capital with which she built a workshop as she has always worked as a dressmaker. She has a business partner, Lucia, with whom she makes uniforms for exercise groups. She brings merchandise from the United States and sells it in her community as well as in neighboring communities. She is independent and hardworking.

She worked in the United States where she saved up, bought equipment and improved her workshop conditions. She is requesting a loan to buy a special sewing machine to give her clothing a nicer finish and to buy basic materials for a job with the SEV (Salud, Estética y Vida) company making uniforms. The business has important assets. She runs two business that generate fixed incomes. She hopes to improve the quality of her product by purchasing a special sewing machine.

She gets up early to get the house together. By mid-morning she is cutting the fabric to make garments and in the afternoon and evenings she takes orders and sells the clothing. She hopes to be able to give her son an education so that he will become a professional like his older sister.

She has the machinery and equipment for her business and customers to sell her products to. She hopes to be able to give her product a better finish with the equipment she will purchase. She has a lot of experience in dressmaking as well as contacts in the United States that allow her to have a business selling clothing in which she brings quality merchandise making a significant profit margin.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Monica Wooters

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