A loan of $575 helped to buy construction materials for repairing her house, and to add a room using prefabricated material.

Nieves's story

Nieves, 45, is a courageous single mother. She lives with two of her four children, Jarol and Julissa, who she takes care of in her own house, located in the Chilca district. Her smile shows her vitality.

She grows products such as potatoes, olluco (root vegetable similar to potato) and lima beans, once a year. As she wishes to have quality products, she is constantly looking after them, fertilizing and protecting them She is thankful for farming, as it allowed her to support her children, and provide their daily food. But as these earnings are not steady, she decided to get into sewing, and she makes articles of clothing of every size and quality.

She says she earns an average of 150 nuevos soles per week, but at Christmas, New Year's, and the Santiago agricultural festival, she gets better earnings. That is why she now wishes to improve her quality of life by repairing her house, since her children are all professionals and need their space.

This is her second loan with MFP, and she is hoping for your contribution, so that she can make her plans a reality. Moreover, she promises to fulfil her instalment payments. In addition, she is grateful to be part of her association, because all the members are responsible people and very supportive.

When she receives her loan, Nieves will use the money she has applied for, to improve the material that her house is constructed with, replacing it with another one that is stronger. In addition she will build a room using prefabricated materials, as a workshop for her son, who is a civil engineer.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jeff Goldie

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