A loan of $1,300 helped to buy an industrial sewing machine and dressmaking supplies at wholesale, including fabric, thread, elastic, etc.

Johana Catalina's story

Johana, 29, is the mother of 2 children and is the head of the household. She used to be a housewife when she lived with the father of her children, but later after 12 years he abandoned them, leaving them without a means of support. At this time, she had to take over the responsibility of paying for the household expenses. With the need to oversee the livelihood and welfare of her children, Johana learned to operate a sewing machine with the help of a neighbor. She gradually acquired skill and knowledge. She started out working as a polisher in different workshops, but later she started to sew, and thanks to this, she is currently working as a dressmaker for third parties. She works every day from 7am until 8pm. One disadvantage is that she doesn't have her own sewing machine; instead she pays to rent one from a neighbor. However, she has been able to generate the income that she needs this way over the last 6 years that she has been in this line of work.

At this time, Johana needs a loan to buy a coverstitch and overlock (industrial) sewing machine, and also to buy supplies at wholesale (fabric, thread, elastic, etc). This will allow her to have her own machines, which will make her business more profitable because she won't have to pay rent to make her garments. In addition, this will provide her with the ability to acquire new contracts, thereby increasing her family's income.

Johana's main goal is for her business to become even more recognized and fortified so that in the future she can possibly expand it to increase her sales and generate financial stability, enabling her to provide for her children.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar

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