A loan of $800 helped to make adaptations to her workshop by demolishing a wall and installing a large window.

Julia Inés's story

Julia is a single mother. She has a 24-year-old daughter and recently became a grandmother. All of her working life, she has been a seamstress. Many years ago, she started her own tailoring workshop and she currently does sewing for third parties, tailors clothing, and also provides photocopying services and reloads credit on cell phones.

These activities provide her with the income necessary to sustain her home since all of the economic responsibilities fall on her because the father of her daughter never contributed economically.

She makes all types of garments, but her specialty is knitting.

Julia is a persistent, thriving, active woman who is dedicated to her family and to her work. Little by little, she has been investing money in her business to make it grow. Her last acquisition was a coverstitch sewing machine, which occupies a lot of space and, due to this, her workshop is very tight. For this reason, she requests the support of a loan, since she hopes to make some adaptations to her workshop by demolishing a wall and installing a large window. Her goal is to use natural light to its full potential and be able to work comfortably. This will result in a shorter production time and will allow her to return the pending orders in a timely manner.

Julia dreams of her business surviving for a long time but, in the mean time, she would like to implement the production of her own line of lingerie, sportswear, and home goods. This would allow her to offer more employment opportunities to women who are the heads of their households and will also allow her to improve her living conditions so that her granddaughter can have a better quality of life.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Meghan Rishel

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