A loan of $300 helped to buy a semi-industrial sewing machine that will allow her to produce work of better quality.


María Isabel's story

Maria, who is 44 years old, is separated from her husband and has two daughters. She lives in a house constructed of adobe, along with her mother and one daughter. She makes aprons to sell, and she also sews skirts and blouses for neighbors. She has been doing this work since she was 20 years old, and it was her mother who taught her how to do this work. She makes her sales in the municipal market and in neighboring communities with the help of her mother and her daughter. She owes the support of her daughters and the secondary school studies that she offered them to this business.

She buys the basic materials to make the aprons in the municipal market in La Ciudad, some 6 kilometers from her community, making use of public transportation.

The loan that she is soliciting from Fundación Campo is to buy a semi-industrial sewing machine that will allow her to produce work of better quality. She is qualified by the ministry of education as a person who can make the school uniforms that the public schools in the zone provide.

With this she will manage to become independent with regard to the production of school uniforms that the ministry of education assigns. She will stop doing this with the machines of others and will improve her income by not working on contract.

Her wish is to buy three semi-industrial sewing machines and employ two people in the production of clothing for her mother and daughter to sell, and to improve the family income.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Pam McMurry



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