My first sewing stall

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I glad I can get additional income for my family and could use my time for activities that make money. I am grateful to be starting up a small business. I acquired these skills during the two days of MicroAid Projects training which I attended with my friends Maliana, Paulina, Agustina and Mely.

My name is Marselina, I live with my two children who are still in school in the Public Elementary Schools in Magepanda village, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. Since August 2011 I have started receiving orders to sew women clothes and tablecloths.

I was sewing a tablecloth. Meliana (my friend who lent her sewing tools) is being guided me

I am grateful to be starting up a small business. I acquired these skills during the two days of MicroAid Projects training which I attended with my friends Meliana, Paulina, Agustina and Mely. The training that we followed on June 2011 was Sewing Practical. In the training we learned how to sew and use embroidery machine.

One week after training, we held a bazaar in front of the Church where we worship together every Sunday. In the bazaar we sold out all of our results of our training, such as tablecloths, flags and pastries made by other groups. For my group, we made US $34 from the sale of 6 tablecloths. Then we put the money into a savings group to help buy more materials using micro-credit loans to our members.

I initiated borrowing money $11 from the group as my sewing business capital. I bought yarns and sewing equipment such as needles, scissors, measuring instruments and others. I will return the loan to be repaid over 4 months plus interest of 1%. While sewing tools (not machine) I borrowed from my friend Marselina, whose kind mother lends me her tools every Saturday and Sunday.

I (red t-shirt) and my friends are following the sewing training

On average every month I received 10 orders from neighbors in the village to sew tablecloths. One tablecloth I sell at a price of $6 with net profit of about $3. So in one month I can earn approximately $30. This money is pretty huge for me because previously I did not make any money myself. My husband is a motorcycle taxi driver in the village.

I glad I can get additional income for my family and could use my time for activities that make money. Thanks to MicroAid Projects donors who gave the chance for me and my friends to do the training and become business women with the first sewing stall in our village.

Loving greetings, Marselina

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