A loan of $800 helped to buy 10 lengths of fabric, 10 meters of cotton, 100 fasteners, 100 buttons, 2 lots of chalk, 100 pins, 1 set of measuring tapes, 1 pair of scissors, 4 lots of thread in different colors, needles for her sewing machine, needles for sewing by hand, oil for her machine, 2 small brushes and 1 bobbin.


Bethi's story

Bethi is a member of the 'Perlas de Pucalipa' community bank which is located in Calleria district, in Ucayali department. She is 52 years old, widowed, and has 3 grown-up children.

Bethi owns a dressmaking business. She has been working with her community bank for 7 years and has managed to equip her dressmaking workshop a little better through the loans she has received from Manuela Ramos.

Bethi will use her new loan for 2,200 Peruvian soles to buy: 10 lengths of fabric, 10 meters of cotton, 100 fasteners, 100 buttons, 2 lots of chalk, 100 pins, 1 set of measuring tapes, 1 packet of needles for sewing by hand, oil for her machine, two small brushes and one bobbin.

With all of these items, Bethi will make more income and be able to make her repayments without any problems. She doesn't have any additional expenses because she lives alone and her children live independently.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard


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