A loan of $675 helped to buy a sewing machine, fabric and thread.

Luz's story

Luz, 30, is a cheerful woman who wants to improve; she’s also nice and kind. She’s married to Gilder who is a laborer and the father of her only son, Alex, 11, who she wants to provide a better quality of life for. She lives with her husband and son comfortably in their own house.

Luz’s activity is sewing, an occupation she learned taking courses at an occupational education center in another city to then buy a sewing machine with her savings and since then has had a workshop at home where she takes care of customers who seek her out because of her good finishing touches thereby earning their acceptance; they recommend her to other persons who then become regular customers. She started the business more than four months ago and she works by herself.

She considers her activity to be profitable because the profits she earns are greater than in her previous business which was selling vegetables. She likes sewing as an occupation because of the work it generates that helped her support her spouse with household expenses and with her son’s education costs; they are her greatest motivation to make progress. But she also comments that it is a bit uncomfortable due to the physical fatigue caused by sitting in the same position which causes backaches. However, this doesn’t discourage her and she continues working and putting in her best effort. She plans to expand the business buying more sewing machines so that her work can have better finishing touches.

This will be loan #3 from MFP. She feels grateful for the financial help she’s been getting and wants to continue with this support so she commits to make her installment payments like she’s done with previous loans. She comments, too, that she’s comfortable with her communal bank group because she knows most of them and considers them to be good people.

She will use the requested 1800 new soles to buy a sewing machine that attaches clasps and buttons and has a value of 250 new soles and will use the remainder to buy sewing supplies like fabric, thread and the rest.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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