A loan of $275 helped to purchase two sewing machines and sewing materials.


Helida's story

Helida A. O., a 30-year-old resident of Rongo, Kenya, has operated a dressmaking business located on a side street off the main market for five years. The soft hum from four sewing machines fills the air of the shop, and the tin walls are hung with fashion patterns and a variety of colored cloth. Three other women also work in the shop – Helida is currently training two of them.



Her enterprise is doing well, and twice a month she travels to Nairobi, which is about six to eight hours by bus, to purchase the cloth and materials she needs.



Helida is requesting a loan to purchase two more sewing machines, thereby increasing her total to six, as well as sewing supplies. In the future, she hopes to move to a bigger building in order to keep up with the expansion of her business and the demands of her customers.



Helida, married with three children, also supports two orphans and her grandmother. She uses the profits from her business to pay for school fees and living expenses. Helida is a dedicated businesswoman committed to the continual expansion of her dressmaking shop.



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