A loan of $1,125 helped to purchase more animals, and also to purchase school uniforms to sell.

Luz's story

Luz is 29 years old and is single. She lives with her parents and her brother Fernando; she takes care of them in their home, which is located in the community of Hualahoyo. Although Luz does not have any children of her own, she loves taking care of the 2 children who live in a house where she has worked for 4 years, and she is happy that she can help raise them. She receives a monthly salary for this work, which is how she earns most of her income. However, Luz enjoys being independent, and also has a business selling clothing in the afternoons and on weekends. She travels to her country’s capital city twice every month in order to re-stock her merchandise—she purchases imported clothing there, which she then sells to the residents of her community. The people of her community know her for the nice clothing she sells. Within a few months all of the children in the country will begin their studies, and thanks to the children in her area Luz already has orders for school uniforms. “I always make the most of this time of year,” Luz declares. Moreover, as a woman of the country, Luz also raises animals, including sheep, guinea pigs, and pigs, which she sells to a restaurant once they are mature. Luz belongs to the “Nueva Esperanza” [“New Hope”] solidarity group, and this is her third loan with MFP. She hopes that a small loan will allow her to achieve her objectives. Luz promises to make all of her payments on time, as she has done with her previous loans. She is grateful to be part of the group, since all of the members are responsible and supportive. With your support, Luz will use the money to purchase more animals so she can increase her herd, and also to purchase school uniforms to sell to her customers.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Chris Knutson

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