A loan of $1,075 helped to buy wool and materials for knitting and producing handicrafts.

Mario's story

Mario is 55 years old. He separated from his wife 10 years ago. However, in spite of his constant problems, Mario feels happy to be supporting his 3 children who he raises and educates in his own home, which is located in the town of San Pedro de Cajas.

Mario has been making handicrafts since he was a young boy and he says that it is the most complete art which exists. Amongst his friends, he is nicknamed 'múltiple' because he is a craftsman, a sculptor, a painter, a crop farmer and a livestock farmer. He says that he has been in the handicrafts business for 20 years. His main knitted items are tapestries depicting landscapes. He also makes handicrafts such as wooden spoons, Huislash (sculptures) and he is now also starting to produce Alpaca scarves. He is having a lot of success. For this reason, he has for some time been preparing the necessary paperwork which will enable him to set up an official textile business so that he can export his products and take more of them to different markets around the country.

This is Mario's fifth loan with MFP and, as a founding member of his community bank, he feels proud with what he has achieved. Mario will use his loan to buy the supplies he needs to make his knitted items and handicrafts.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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