A loan of $1,100 helped to purchase fabric, craft foam and other supplies for sewing and making crafts.

Enma Estela's story

On San Eduardo street, on the way to Santa Ana, in Portoviejo city, known as the Ciudad de Los Reales Tamarindos from colonial times, the members of the 16 de Julio communal bank meet every two weeks.

In this place, Enma lives. She is 55 years old, and many years ago her beloved husband died, but from this relationship they had three children who are now adults but still live with her. Some years ago, she learned tailoring in a school in her area.

With the goal of having her own income and taking advantage of her tailoring knowledge, Enma established a small sewing workshop in her house. There, she works making all sorts of clothing and crafts made from craft foam with different models and purposes, which is another activity she learned and today allows her to earn her living. All of her work is done based on individual orders. In some seasons, she also makes uniforms for schools of different levels in her area. She works every day from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm and sometimes later when she has orders to complete.

This new loan will be used to purchase fabric, craft foam, and other materials for sewing and crafts. She has been in the communal bank for 8 years and she likes it for the help she gets from the group. Her dream is to have a larger workshop.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Wendy Harris

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