A loan of $1,825 helped to build her seamstress shop and to buy raw material.

María De Los Angeles's story

María has devoted herself to sewing and commerce for 26 years. This shows her perseverance and effort in the development of her business activity. A year ago they found a health problem that was contained. It was found in time, and it was possible to start treatment. She met other women undergoing the same process. They told her about the technique of quilting . She started to attended courses where she learned how to correctly make bags, quilts, and cosmetic bags. In these past months she has managed to sell them to her friends who take them as far as Mexico and France.

She is a tenacious woman, and she is very methodical in managing her accounts and with her merchandise. She wishes to have this loan in order to be comfortable when sewing her products, building her seamstress shop in the garage at her house.

She started this commercial activity thanks to her own capital. She advanced with her sewing thanks to the loans provided by the Fundación Mujer. She bought more sewing machines, which facilitated the work. This has allowed her to start making and selling pajamas, sheets, quilts, bags, and cosmetic bags.

María has managed to overcome this stage, and she is working with quilting as a type of therapy. This has gone very well for her.

Her son, her husband, and her business activity help with the household income. This has allowed her to improve her working conditions without having to use space in the house. She chose the Fundación Mujer because she has been requesting loans from this institution for years. She does so because of the easy terms and the low interest rate.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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