A loan of $1,050 helped purchase meters of fabric of different styles and colors, scissors, big spools of threads of various colors, sewing needles, pins and buttons.


Bertha Luz's story

Bertha belongs to the "Honestidad y trabajo" ("Honesty and Work") Community Bank in the district of Juanjui, province of Mariscal Cáceres, department of San Martín, Peru. She is married, 47 years old and has four children, two of whom are still in school and dependent on her. Bertha has been making clothes for 13 years and little by little has generated income and saved her money. Previously she had maD. a living selling groceries. Since she had the talent for sewing, she didn't hesitate to start doing it for a living, and with the help of Kiva partner Movimiento Manuela Ramos she decided to start her own sewing shop out of her home. She tells us that the business is going very well, and she works on orders that her clients request in advance. She tends to her customers with the friendliness and charisma that she is known for. With her initial loan of 300 soles, she purchased meters of fabric, threads of different colors, and other odds and ends, and has continued with the business ever since. With the current loan of 3,000 soles she is requesting, she plans to purchase meters of fabric of different styles and colors, scissors, big spools of threads of various colors, sewing needles, pins and buttons. Today she feels like a very accomplished woman with a strong desire to keep moving forward and realizing her dreams. She is very thankful to Movimiento Manuela Ramos for helping her start her business.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Marty Greenstein


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