A loan of $400 helped to buy sewing materials.

Maritza's story

Maritza, 42, is divorced and has a daughter who lives with her in her own house. Maritza is a seamstress and makes and alters clothing. Many times, she receives customer orders for a design or alteration, while other times she is inspired to create new designs and come up with her personal style. She also makes sheets and curtains for customers, relatives and friends. She works from home and has been in business for 11 years. Over time, she has learned to produce a well-finished garment. She enjoys working independently and having her own work schedule. When busy, she hires people to help her, so she also provides employment opportunities.

She remembers well how she got started. She was working for someone else and wanted to set up her own business. It was a good decision as her income now shows. She wants to continue her work and set up a larger sewing shop in the future, with larger machines and hired workers.

On this occasion, she is requesting 1,000 PEN and is grateful to lenders who are giving her the opportunity to meet her goals. She is committed to paying back the loan on time. She will use it to buy sewing materials, such as thread, needles, buttons, fabric, lining material and lace to continue making clothing and sheets. She also plans to buy tools for her sewing workshop.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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