A loan of $675 helped to buy fabric, thread, interfacing and buttons.

Astrid's story

In 1984, Astrid, a married woman with three children between 19 and 25 years old, started her dressmaking business venture.

All her life, she saw her mother work in sewing clothing and so she learned. When she needed to generate income, she looked over what she knew and organized her dressmaking shop, continuing the cultural legacy of the trade.

Today in her shop, Astrid carries out all the processing operations -- design, preparation, cut, assembling and finishing pieces -- plus commercialization among neighbors and friends, who have formed a group of regular clients.

Her goal is to improve the appearance of the business in order to increase her inventory of raw materials, but her greatest challenge is to finding sources of financing that allow her to achieve her intent. This is the reason she is turning to a Kiva credit, with which she will buy fabric, thread, interfacing and buttons to solve the weaknesses of her business, improving her inventory.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Cara Goman

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