A loan of $1,100 helped to buy thread and fabric, as well as alfalfa seed and sacks of organic fertilizer.


Victoria's story

Victoria lives with her daughters in the house her parents left her. She has been doing embroidery by hand for three years. She began this at the invitation of one of her friends who taught her this trade, and now she works independently in the comfort of her home so she can take care of her house and her daughters. She also grows alfalfa to sell wholesale. For this reason, she does not have a fixed schedule, but she is very regular about doing her embroidery because the complexity of the work and the thickness of the embroidery on the cloth make one project take up to a month. She ends up with a beautiful traditional outfit that her customers admire, and that is finally paid for in cash.

The most profitable time for her business is during the traditional feast of Santiago (St. James), which is celebrated a lot in her area. Victoria wants to increase her production of embroidered skirts and to hire people to help her make them. This is her fifth loan with MFP. She has always stood out in her communal bank for being punctual with her payments, and she has earned the trust of the other members in all the opportunities she has had to receive loans. She will invest the money she is asking for in the purchase of thread and cloth. At the same time she will buy seeds and sacks of organic fertilizer to sow alfalfa on some land she acquired recently.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer


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