Juan Chire was born into a poor farm family in rural Peru. He left school when he was 17 due to lack of funds and began work in his uncle’s garment shop, where he learned to operate sewing machines. In 1986, he met Dominga Quezada, who worked at another garment shop. They fell in love and were married.
In 1993, Juan took out a microloan to buy their first industrial sewing machine and began making baby clothes. Their business went well and the couple hired an assistant. Several microloan rounds later, they have hired 17 women full-time and many more part-time.
They have two children now, and are pleased to know that their education will not be cut short thanks to the success of their business, the hard work of their employees and the microloans that helped them grow.