A loan of $1,050 helped buy a specialized sewing machine.

María Eugenia's story

31-year old María is a single mother with a 10-year old daughter. Eight years ago she started her own sewing business in a workshop located in her home. She came up with this plan because of the need to earn money to pay for household expenses. She was unemployed and had never received assistance from the father of her child. Because she had learned how to sew from her mother, she decided to open a sewing business.

Currently María has contracts with various parties to make uniforms. The business is doing well, but her big dream is to make her own line of clothing. This is why she is seeking a loan to buy a specialized sewing machine so she can speed up production and deliver orders more promptly. Then more doors will open up for further contracts and in the not too distant future she will be able to start making her own line of clothing. In turn this will lead to an improved standard of living and a good education for her daughter so that she can have a successful future.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jane A

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