A loan of $400 helped purchase embellishments, to make dresses for students who will parade on September 15th.

María Gloria's story

María is 41 years old and went to school until the 5th grade, but she couldn't continue her studies because she grew up during wartime in her country. Currently, she is single and has two children who are 15 and 17 years old, both live with her and they are currently in the 5th and 9th grades.

She is a seamstress, a job she has had for 16 years, after she took a sewing class in the community. It was 10 years ago that her work in this profession began in earnest. She has taken four different classes in the city to improve her skills. And now, she has a contract with the Education Ministry, who have hired her to make school uniforms.

She works with a community group and she is especially dedicated to making sweets and conserves, work she does from home.

The loan she is applying for is to purchase embellishments in order to make uniforms for the students who will graduate on September 15th.

Her desire is to continue working and growing her business and to be able to purchase another sewing machine so that, when her daughter has free time, she can help her in this home business and that her children are able to get the education for a professional career.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Kristin Connor

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