La Hill Alterations
When I was growing up, my mom had a sewing business and I loved being raised as a part of the “mom and pop” shop owner community. Ever since, I wanted to own my own business. However, I also wanted to be a mother, which I think is the hardest and most rewarding job that one could be blessed to have. I’m a mother of 5 and have loved raising them. While they were young, I ran my seamstress business out of my home. I so love my two jobs – mother and seamstress. And, in fact, knowing how to sew helped me to raise my children – from making repairs to their clothes to helping with costumes for dance classes or school plays. And when you’re a parent you need all the tools you can get.
Now that my kids are all out of the house and have started their own lives, I’ve finally opened the shop I’ve always wanted, giving me space to grow my business. The area where my shop sits is 3 blocks from the shop my mom had when I was growing up, which makes me feel at home.
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I’ve been doing alterations and repairing clothes since I was 11. My mother taught me how to do small repairs always emphasizing the need to know how to hand sew. I am glad that I learned as it is a dieing art.
While I was raising my children, I would save money by repairing my kids’ clothes and earn income by doing alterations out of my home. In December 2015, I opened my own shop in the Mt. Oliver section of Pittsburgh. I now have the space to add on to my alterations business. I sell a number of simple pre-made items in my shop, like hats and bags. I have also made the first in what I hope to become a line of pre-made affordable wedding gowns that will only need small alterations in order to fit the bride so that purchasing a wedding dress does not have to break the bank.
What is the purpose of this loan?
I opened in my storefront in December 2015 and in February 2016 the city began major infrastructure repairs on my street which will continue until the fall. This has impacted my visibility and accessibility, as a result prohibiting me from earning enough revenue to re-invest in my business. A Kiva loan will help me to do that, including purchasing a laptop that will allow me to build my social media presence and pay for market research and advertising to attract customers despite the construction.
$1,200- Sewing machine and embroidery machine $1,000 – Laptop and printer $800 – Notions and fabric $500 – Advertising and market research
Years in operation: 3 years – 5 years