A loan of $750 helped to buy tools to equip her lathe shop.

Maritza's story

Maritza, 48, is a tenacious and enterprising woman. She is the mother of 3 children, 2 of whom are now adults. Only Gabriela, 16, lives with her and depends upon her for her education and quality of life. Maritza is a widow, and this is the key reason she has had to provide for all the needs of the household. Now she is working very hard so that she can provide a better quality of life for her minor daughter. Maritza has been running a lathe workshop (a place where they repair linear motors) for more than 14 years; she hires 4 workers to do the heavier work. She likes this work very much, because she considers herself to be a good administrator, and she always has the contacts she needs to have a good business. In addition, she is able to offer employment opportunities to more people, and this is gratifying. She hopes to continue with her work, but she needs to make an investment in some tools and other equipment that she needs. This will be her 3rd loan with MFP, and she is very content to know that she will have financial support, because in this way she will feel more sure that she can make progress with her business. On her part, she promises once again to continue to make all of her loan payments as scheduled. She is very content to be working with the other members of her communal bank, because they are all very supportive and responsible. With the sum of 2,000 Peruvian soles she requests, she will buy materials and tools for her repair workshop.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar

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