A loan of $750 helped to rent a locale and to buy display cases and shelving.


Esther's story

Esther, 29, is married to Rafael with whom she has three children who are 9 and 5 years old and a baby who is 9 months old. She and her family live in a rented house in San Pedro de Cajas District, Tarma Province.

San Pedro de Cajas is Tarma’s crafts town. National and international tourists visit the zone to take away beautiful souvenirs. Esther does not pass up this opportunity; thanks to her art studies, she’s a craftswoman. She started this activity ten years ago with Rafael since they both are in the same occupation.

Esther makes sweaters with creative designs, shawls, blankets, etc. She also makes oil and other paint paintings. She mentions that: “The weaving and the paintings are profitable but where I obtain the highest profits is with the paintings.” Competition in weaving means barely earning 5 or 10 soles per sweater but with the blankets she earns very well. But there’s nothing to compare to the paintings which are in most demand. She earns from 120 to 150 soles per 1 meter x 1 meter painting and even more during Holy Week. She enjoys what she does.

Esther wants to set up a stand in her district’s civic center but to do so she has to invest in the purchase of shelving, containers, and display cases as well as to rent the locale. Esther is a faithful MFP client; she’s been working in three cycles of group loans where she’s done marvelously. This would be her first individual loan and she states that she will be punctual with her payments like she’s been to date. Esther wants to open a gallery in her district’s civic center to sell her crafts. To furnish the site she will buy shelving and display cases to offer her products; she will also pay the initial rental costs of the space.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz


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