A loan of $375 helped to buy fabric, needles, elastics, and patterns.

Juana's story

Juana, age 48, is a good, kind, and very enterprising woman. She is a woman who is not afraid of the difficulties encountered along the way to her destiny. She was able to raise her only daughter by herself. She gave her daughter an education. She separated from her live-in partner, and from that time on she has been in charge of her household. She lives with her only daughter and her grandson in her own house. Every day they share the desire and enthusiasm of getting ahead and having a better quality of life.

Juana makes clothes. She makes her own designs, and she makes clothes for her customers. They always seek her out so that her magic hands will make their garments. They have faith that she will do a very good job. She has a small workshop in her house where she does all of her work.

She started her work 20 years ago. She started making simple things. With time and experience she decided to make more complicated things until she managed the good finishing touch that she now has.

She works alone, and she is more than happy to be doing what she likes. Things are going very well for her. She has a lot of customers who ask for her very often. Also, when there are no customers she makes her designs. That way she is able to sell in her free time.

In the beginning she felt of little use in her house. She only waited for the money that her live-in partner earned from his work. But, she decided to do something. From then on she is more than happy to be able to do this work. It has allowed her to live her life with a measure of comfort. She now wishes to work more and more in order to be able to continue growing with this work.

This will be her first loan with MFP. She is very happy to know that she will have financial support through the loan that she was granted. This way she will be able to firm up some plans she has for her business. She pledges to be a responsible member and to make her payments punctually. She wants to work well with her communal bank, where there are good references about being supportive and punctual

She will use the requested 1,000 soles to buy materials to be able to continue with her work. Among the things she will buy are fabric, needles, elastics, and patterns. This way she will be able to sew in greater quantity.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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