A loan of $950 helped to buy thread, fabric, zippers, and other materials for sewing.


Margarita Cecilia's story

The communal bank Por Un Nuevo Amanecer (For a new dawn) meets every fifteen days in the Montecristi Canton, known for its rich pre-colonial culture and its handicrafts which are renowned nationally and internationally. It is the place of the famous straw hats (sombreros). Margarita lives in this place. She is 40 years old, married, and has three children who are 17, 11, and 10 years old. The oldest studies in the university and the younger ones are in school. Her husband is a locksmith. A few years ago, Margarita learned about tailoring in a handicrafts center in the city. She is a very hardworking woman who likes to be useful for moving her family forward. She is a teacher with a contract in a school in the city, but when she arrives home she also works in a sewing shop and sews clothing mostly for children and women. She has many customers who arrive at her house so that she sews them something. At the beginning of the schoolyear, the workload increases by a lot. For her, the most important thing is to attend to her customers, and in these cases she hires workers to help her. She has been dedicated to this work for 11 years and it is going very well for her. This loan is to buy thread, fabric, zippers and other materials for sewing that she needs to sew the clothing. She has been with the communal bank since the beginning and she likes it because the loans are very useful for her. Her dreams are for her children to finish their studies and become professionals.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer


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