A loan of $200 helped to buy thread for making embroidered tablecloths.

Maria Margarita's story

Margarita is a 44-year-old mother who lives with her husband and their five children in the small town of Lagunas in the Mórrope district, two hours from the city of Chiclayo. She earns her living making and embroidering tablecloths, which she sells at the city market. Her husband works occasionally as a laborer. Two of their children go to the high school nearby, while the other three have had to leave school and go to work to help support the family. This is a very common occurrence in the towns in this region.

Margarita's business, which she works so hard on, helps support her family to a small degree, but she wants her children to stay in school so they can be assured of a better future. She is seeking a loan for 550 soles to buy thread so she can keep making tablecloths and earn enough money to send her children back to school and not out to work.

Margarita is highly regarded among her neighbors, who recognize her work and help her out when she needs it.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jill Heske

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