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A loan of $1,000 helped to buy sewing supplies like fabric, needles, buttons, etc.

Alva's story

Alva, 40, is a cheerful woman with a strong wish for self-improvement in addition to being kind and gracious. She lives with Alexander who is employed and the father of their three children: Nilda, 17, Patrik, 8 and Belén, 5. She lives with her spouse and children comfortably installed in her own house that she built with much effort.

Alva’s activity is sewing and dressmaking; she makes clothes for women, men and children, an occupation she learned at an occupational education center. To start off, she used her savings to buy a sewing machine that she set up at home where she takes care of customers who seek her out because of the detail work she does on garments. She’s won over regular customers who recommend her to others. She started the business two years ago and to date has been doing it alone.

She considers her work to be profitable because of the profits it nets. She likes sewing because it keeps her busy all the time and the profits she earns from it make it possible for her to help her spouse cover household expenses. But she comments that she does find having to sit in the same position for long periods of time physically exhausting but that does not discourage her and she continues working and striving. She plans to stay in business and buy more sewing machines to do even better work.

This is MFP loan #13 and she feels happy to be able to count on working capital thanks to the institution so that she can complete her pending customer orders. She’s also comfortable in her communal bank because she considers it to be a united, collaborative group. She will use the requested 2,500 new soles to buy sewing supplies like fabric, thread, needles, buttons, trim, elastic, applications and others according to customer requirements.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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