A loan of $1,100 helped to buy pieces of wood for carpentry.

Irene's story

Irene is 51, and lives with her life partner. They have three children: Carlos, Lerner and Iris, who are six, five and three respectively. They live together in the beautiful tropical forest of Ayacucho, in the town of Santa Rosa, where they have their own house. She began her career as a carpenter from a very young age, learning this work by watching her father. Her passion for the trade led her to acquire her own tools for finishing wood.

She has been doing this work for 22 years, alongside her husband. Furthermore, she carries out work for schools, institutions and municipalities in her area; making tables, chairs, scaffolding, closets, desks, and other things.

She has three helpers, who are responsible for finishing off the job. She feels very committed to her work. Her motto for the jobs entrusted to her is "deliver the work on time." That's why she has more customers. However, she doesn't like inhaling the sawdust from the wood, and for this reason, she receives medical treatments in the health clinics from time to time.

Her problem is not having enough capital to be able to buy more wood. Therefore, she is turning to MFP for her 15th loan, so that she can buy pieces of wood that will be of great use to her in continuing to provide services to her community.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jeff Goldie

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