A loan of $1,825 helped to buy an industrial flatbed sewing machine and wholesale supplies (fabrics, threads, buttons, and elastic, among other items).


Luz Elena's story

Luz is a mother and the head of the household since she separated from her husband and all the economic responsibility fell on her. She lives with her children whom she raised with much effort and dedication. For more than 25 years she has been involved in the field of garment making. She began working as an operator in a business, but with the courage to improve her income, she took the initiative to become independent, and eight years ago she set up her own workshop. It is located in her home, and she offers garment-making services for wholesalers, making sports outfits and uniforms. She has the help of an employee whom she pays by the hour. In this way, she has generated sufficient resources to pay for all the household necessities.

Now she needs the help of a loan to buy a flatbed industrial sewing machine and wholesale supplies (fabrics, threads, buttons, and elastic, among other items). This will allow her to improve her installed capacity and increase production. In addition, she will have the supplies necessary to satisfy the demand that increases in the month of January, when she sells uniforms. This will give her the possibility of generating better income.

Luz states that her greatest wish is to continue strengthening her business, and in the future she projects its expansion, so that it will allow her to generate more employment opportunities and improve the living conditions of those she loves.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Pam McMurry



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