A loan of $425 helped working capital.

Rufina Miriam's story

Mrs. Rufina Miriam Ríos A. is 53 years old and married. Rufina has four children: a daughter, age 32; a son, age 38; a son, age 33; and a daughter, age 32. All of her children are independently employed. Rufina's husband also works, selling general merchandise.

Rufina would like to keep her business active, as it is the means for the family's survival. She dreams of having another job to serve as a source of income for the family so that the earnings from this business will be saved for Rufina to support herself in her old age. Now that her children are all married and employed, Rufina would like to provide an education for the younger generation so that they can have more earning power. She knows that the majority of young people today can't find work, so with an education at least they can earn income for their families.

Rufina has a sewing workshop in her home.She's had this business for 37 years, having started it out of the necesity to earn money for her home and her children. Rufina's mother taught her this business, and she started it with the hope of earning income. She was able to achieve this because her neighbors and friends spread the word, making Rufina famous for her great sewing. Little by little orders for uniforms and suits came in, and Rufina was in business.

This loan will be used as working capital to buy clothing for men, women, and children. The school year is starting soon and Rufina would like to invest this season in spite of the long journey necessary to buy the products.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sarah Bishop

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