A loan of $2,000 helped for basic goods, a sewing machine and to add air-conditoning to her workshop.

Ana Cecilia's story

Ana Cecillia is a humble and hardworking woman. Since she was very young, she has worked as a seamstress. She was given small loans from the Women’s Foundation, a group of women from Guacima de Alajuela. She is a member of this group. This group recommends Cecilla as she is responsible and has a strong desire to succeed. She wants to invest all her efforts in the development of her business. She lives with her husband and her daughter, who is a student. She began sewing when she was eighteen years old, using a home sewing machine. Over time she was able to improve her business and buy two industrial sewing machines. She was also able to buy two home sewing machines after her last loan. This allowed her to upgrade her business. Now, in addition to investing in basic materials, she would like to add air conditioning to her work location and improve the storehouse in the patio of her house. In this way she can make her business separate from her home.
There is a stable market for her goods including her men’s underwear sales. She is asking for a loan for more than the cost of her basic materials. She would like to improve her working conditions. She sells 240 pairs of men’s underwear each month and she also repairs and sews clothes for her neighbors.
She would like an air-conditioned space in the back of her house where she has four sewing machines that she uses to make men’s underwear. She also makes curtains and clothing in general. At this moment she has a stable customer base that buys her products. She needs to improve her working conditions and separate her workshop from her home. She will invest her working capital in order to increase the production of her business. That is why she is asking for this loan, in order to buy more basic goods.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Esther Levandoski

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