Before she ever had her own successful sewing business, Ligia was living in her parents’ home in Cuenca, Ecuador along with her four children. With big dreams of owning her own business one day but few opportunities knocking on her door, Ligia decided to take action into her own hands and turned to Global Partnerships’ (GP) partner Espoir for a loan to start her own sewing business. For the first four years, Ligia earned an unsteady income as a freelance seamstress working on small projects on just one sewing machine. However, she persevered and with additional credit and business advice from Espoir, grew her business into a small-scale jean production facility.
Today, Ligia employs 6 people in her workshop which contains 11 sewing machines. She is also overseeing the construction of her brand new two story house. Ligia’s success is such that she has even turned down work offers from other jean fabric suppliers. In addition to enabling Ligia to financially provide for her family, Espoir has allowed her to obtain access to affordable healthcare for them, too. This is an invaluable service to Ligia because one of her daughters was born with a hearing impairment that requires surgery to fix. Ligia explains, “My daughter has a problem with her ear, and sometimes she asks me, ‘Why am I like this?’ And I don't know what to tell her. She was born like that. She asks me, ‘When can I get an operation?’”
Thanks to a health insurance product offered by Espoir, Ligia will be able to provide her daughter with the surgery she needs when she becomes of age. Because it’s unknown how successful the surgery will be, Ligia continues to work hard to keep her business a success, so that she can hand ownership over to her daughter in the future, thus ensuring her financial security.