A loan of $1,950 helped to purchase three sewing machines.

Magali's story

Magali is a very hardworking woman. She is a single mother, and so she decided to start a business from her home so she wouldn’t have to leave her son alone and she would be able to help him with his studies. Today, although he hasn’t finished school, her son is already working and contributes financially to the household monthly expenses. Magali is engaged in sewing T-shirts, leggings, pajamas, and other garments ordered by various businesses in the area. She receives help from her daughter and a daughter-in-law, each one performing a different process in order to finish 500 to 1000 garments per week.

Eight years ago, she began by purchasing 80,000 colones worth of raw materials. She began her business because her mother had a sewing machine, with which she learned how to make different clothes for her sisters. Currently, she has a sewing workshop at the front of her home, remodeled to accommodate the three machines and various furniture for the raw materials.

This loan will allow Magali to acquire the machines that she has been renting for three years to carry out her work, and to continue this productive activity that has been a great support all this time. She chose “Fundación Mujer” for its convenient application process, good service, and low interest rate.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Eleanor Francoletti-Putz

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