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Silvia
Silvia is 32 years old and married to Edwin. They have two children, ages 13 and 8. She and her family live in their own home in the District of San Pedro de Cajas -- Tarma.


Silvia produces handwoven crafts. She has been in this business for more than 14 years, which is almost the same age as her first child. Prior to this, Silvia helped her parents with the farm work. She possesses great skill for knitting. As a girl, Silvia made doll clothes. Now that she is responsible for her family, she converted her hobby into her primary source of income. Silvia now has looms that are used for making blankets and tapestries out of different types of wool. "It is more profitable to weave with alpaca wool, but it is also a risk because I have so much invested in it," she says. Right now, Silvia and her husband are busy farming, specifically the cultivation of maca root. Their sales have been favorable. This couple splits up the duties. Silvia spends her time weaving, while Edwin looks after the crops. They plan to accomplish their goals, one of which is to finish the construction of their house. In the future, they also want to open a shop in their home since they do not have a place of their own where they can sell.


Silvia is a member of the Communal Bank "Mujeres al Futuro" (Women of the Future). This will be her third loan with MFP. Just as she was on previous occasions, Silvia says that she will be punctual with her loan payments. She is pleased to be sharing in the work of her Communal Bank with other responsible and supportive people. Silvia will invest her loan in the following manner: half will be used to buy materials for weaving (wool, colored thread) and the other half will be used to buy seeds so that she can start another crop of maca root.

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Silvia tiene 32 años, está casada con Edwin, con quien tiene 2 hijos (de 13 y 8 años). Ella y su familia viven en una casa propia en el distrito de San Pedro de Cajas- Tarma.

Se dedica a la elaboración de tejidos artesanales. Lleva en esta actividad más de 14 años, exactamente cuando nació su primer hijo, ya que antes apoyaba a sus padres en actividades agrícolas. Ella tiene gran destreza en los tejidos, desde niña tejía la ropa de sus muñecas, ahora que tiene una responsabilidad familiar convirtió su pasatiempo como su principal medio para adquirir ingresos. En la actualidad cuenta con telares con los que elabora mantas y tapices de diversas lanas. “Es más rentable tejer con lana de alpaca, pero también es arriesgado porque se invierte mucho”, menciona.
A la vez, ella y su esposo se dedican a la agricultura, en la producción de maca, cuyas ventas también le son favorables. Esta pareja se dividen los roles, mientras Silvia está en los tejidos, Edwin en los cultivos, así piensan lograr sus objetivos, uno de ellos es terminar de construir su casa. En el futuro quieren abrir una tienda de ventas en su casa propia, ya que no cuenta con un local propio.

Ella pertenece al banco comunal “Mujeres al futuro” y éste sería su crédito número 3 con MFP, como en anteriores ocasiones, menciona que será puntual en el pago de las cuotas. Por su parte se siente contenta de compartir su trabajo con personas responsables y solidarias dentro de su banco comunal.
Silvia invertirá el crédito de la siguiente manera: la mitad para comprar materiales para la confección de tejidos (lanas, hilos de colores) y la otra mitad para adquirir semillas para iniciar una siembra de maca.

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  • $12,000
    Average annual income
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  • $57,346,375
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Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $575 helped Silvia to buy materials for weaving and seeds for planting maca root.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
10 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
At end of term
Pre-Disbursed:
Apr 26, 2012
Listed
May 13, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible
Ended:
Jan 15, 2013