A loan of $1,475 helped to buy a sewing machine and to make alterations in her workspace.

Mari Meller's story

Mari is 36, married, and is the mother of 2 adolescent children.

She has been working doing sewing for about 9 years, providing services to third parties. She learnt the work on the job, and over time she has learnt more skills, knowledge and techniques that have helped her succeed.

Currently, she has her own workshop in an area of her home. She works there every day from the early hours of the morning, earning money to let her support her husband with the costs of running the household.

She will use the loan to buy a sewing machine that makes buttonholes and will make alterations in her workspace. This will let her optimise space to improve her working conditions. In addition, she will be able to save time and production costs, giving her the capacity to fulfil orders in a timely manner.

In spite of the fact that this is such a competitive market, where she has to pay attention to customer satisfaction every single day, Mari says that her greatest wish is to make the business independent of the home, because she wants to set up in a larger sewing workshop, with more machines to generate work opportunities. She also dreams of achieving economic stability, which would allow her to enjoy a better quality of life and wellbeing with her family.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sharon Rees

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