A loan of $550 helped to buy fixed assets (a sewing machine) and supplies.

María Magdalena's story

María is 65 years old and head of her household, for her husband left her many years ago. She has been a seamstress for twenty years, first in the employ of several clothing companies, and now for a few workshops in her area, where she does embroidery and puts the finishing touches on clothes. María was fortunate enough to save money and to buy houses, from which she now derives a monthly income, which she needs to pay for household expenses. She is very determined, organised, and full of enterprising spirit. She is also very devoted to both her family and her work, and proudly states that her age does not get in the way of her doing what she likes. María asks for a loan in order to buy a sewing machine and supplies, so as to keep working and get more orders to fulfill. This will enable her to make her dream of buying more sophisticated sewing machines come true. This way, she would be able to fulfill orders for more workshops. She also wants to learn how to use these machines so as to then give single mothers an employment opportunity and improve her standard of living as well as theirs.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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