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Marlene S. P. makes custom bed, sofa, and pillow covers in the city of La Banda de Shiclayo, San Martin. She has been running the business for 15 years. She does not advertise much, because she does not need to: her clients spread the word about her quality goods.

Marlene is 44 years old, married, and has 3 children. She loves working from home where she can spend time with her family. The money Marlene makes she saves for her children’s education. Marlene feels lucky that she had the opportunity to start a business and help her family. She enjoys building relationships with her clients and has gained new self-confidence.

A member of the community bank Manos Unidos, Marlene is requesting a loan of s/2500 to be repaid over 6 months. She will use the loan to buy an industrial sewing machine. With the new machine, she will be able to significantly increase production.

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