A loan of $1,650 helped to buy an embroidery machine.


Jomaira Valeria's story

Jomaira is 21 and single. She finished elementary school with her family's support. He mother encouraged her to learn tailoring and dressmaking so that she could become skilled in this profession, and she wanted to keep learning and specializing.

Jomaira has a son, for whom she has worked hard to provide an education, and she lives with him and her mother in Quito, the capital of Ecuador. Many people from other provinces in the country come to Quito to find new opportunities. Jomaira lives in Tumbaco parish, where Incan stories and royal legends are preserved. The weather provides residents the chance to pursue farming and raising livestock. Making cloth, wool, and ceramic handicrafts is common as well.

Jomaira makes clothing; she professionally works with each garment and fabric that she touches. She spends at least nine hours a day making clothing to fill orders for customers, whom she has acquired through recommendations based on her work. Despite being a single mother, Jomaira has not given up and gives her son the best she can. Now Jomaira wants to buy a new embroidery machine to make all kinds of new, different, and original designs. She has applied for a loan through Fundación Alternativa, which opens doors for funding to grow professionally, something Jomaira has not had the capital to do. Thanks to Kiva's intervention, she will be able to do so. With the additional business income, she can offer her son a good education and realize her dream to continue her studies and become a great professional.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer



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