A loan of $1,125 helped to buy alpaca wool and also handcrafted objects.

Cesar's story

César is 49 years old and has 7 children, however due to problems with his partner they separated. He now lives alone in his own house in the district of San Pedro de Cajas. Inspite of his family problems, Cesar continues to work as a craftsman, in different mediums. For example he makes: floor mats, alpaca ponchos as well as decorations and handicrafts. To make his textiles he needs 6 different looms of differing sizes. "This business is very profitable because to make the ponchos I invest $48 per kilo of alpaca wool and produce 4 ponchos per kilo. I sell them as 160 soles each," he says. In addition to using alpaca wool he also uses sheep's wool and synthetic wool, but they are not in high demand. Parallel to this work, he makes fireworks: rockets, skyrockets and roman candles, etc., which he sells at a minimum price of 1000 soles, " I earn very well but it has its risks as if you don't know how to calculate precisely the amount of chemicals needed you can cause a fire and explosions," says Cesar. Kenyi, his 13 year old son, always comes to visit him. He is the one that helps him with his work, for this reason, Cesar yearns to have another business selling ceramics and china to give his younger children a better education. With your help, Cesar will be able to get a loan with MFP for the first time. In turn, he agrees to be punctual with his repayments. Cesar is grateful in advance for the support. One of his goals is to open a ceramics and china shop and for it he will buy merchandise from the city of Huancayo and he will sell it to the tourists who visit his area. In addition he will invest in the purchase of alpaca wool and a few consumables with which to make his fireworks.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Maria Blyth

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