A loan of $575 helped materials for her artisan products.


Tula's story

Tula is 45 years old. She is separated from her husband. Since she had children she learned a variety of tasks to finish building her home, but it isn’t easy to be alone, responsible for the needs of one’s children. As a mother she has had to look for work that wouldn’t impact her work at home and over time she had the opportunity to learn sewing and knitting that they helped her carry out from within her home. The majority of the orders she receives are for export, at times she works in producing sewn and knitted sweaters in designs valued by foreigners. But these orders have their particular seasons throughout the year, leaving months of production open, and in order to continue working Elsa sells wallets or backpacks in the streets or to her neighbors because as both mother and father to her children she has the responsibility of meeting the needs of her little ones. Her wish is to open a store in her home where she can sell a variety of products to her neighbors. Tula has been working with MFP for 7 years, and this is her 13th loan. Along with her colleagues, they have obtained a wonderful friendship that is a reflection of the good work that they do as a group, as they constantly try to develop activities to help strengthen their communal bank. The money she seeks now will be invested in buying material such as fabric and thread that she needs for her products.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Cindy Kendall


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