Feliciana has been in the carpentry business for over 15 years, and has much to show for it. She uses the empty lot next to her house as a workshop, and recently hired 2 employees. The piles of fragrant sawdust covering the ground are indicative of the hours of hard work. Feliciana lives with her husband, who is also a carpenter, and their three children. She produces both custom orders and regularly supplies several stores with “muebles” or furniture. She does not own a storefront, but rather conducts all of her business from her home. She makes everything from rocking chairs and armoires to desks and bed frames.
Once a week Feliciana travels an hour outside the city to buy the best quality, driest wood at the best price. She hopes to receive a loan of $500, which she would use to purchase her wood. She would also use part of the money to put toward another sanding machine, which she says is desperately needed.
About FINCA Peru
This loan is administered by FINCA Peru, one of Kiva’s Field Partners in Peru. FINCA Peru is dedicated to empowering socially and economically disadvantaged women in Peru, contributing to the development of their families, and building sustainable communities.
In 1990, FINCA Peru began by lending to a small group of women widowed by the Shining Path terrorist movement in Ayacucho. Beyond loans and financial services, FINCA offers business development training, personal and family development training, gender empowerment sessions, life insurance products, and financial and social literacy sessions for the children of borrowers. Visit FINCA Peru’s Kiva Field Partner page to learn more.
A loan of $500 helped Feliciana she hopes to receive a loan of $500, which she would use to purchase her wood. She would also use part of the money to put toward another sanding machine, which she says is desperately needed.