A loan of $575 helped to buy materials for weaving and seeds for planting maca root.

Silvia's story

Silvia is 32 years old and married to Edwin. They have two children, ages 13 and 8. She and her family live in their own home in the District of San Pedro de Cajas -- Tarma.

Silvia produces handwoven crafts. She has been in this business for more than 14 years, which is almost the same age as her first child. Prior to this, Silvia helped her parents with the farm work. She possesses great skill for knitting. As a girl, Silvia made doll clothes. Now that she is responsible for her family, she converted her hobby into her primary source of income. Silvia now has looms that are used for making blankets and tapestries out of different types of wool. "It is more profitable to weave with alpaca wool, but it is also a risk because I have so much invested in it," she says. Right now, Silvia and her husband are busy farming, specifically the cultivation of maca root. Their sales have been favorable. This couple splits up the duties. Silvia spends her time weaving, while Edwin looks after the crops. They plan to accomplish their goals, one of which is to finish the construction of their house. In the future, they also want to open a shop in their home since they do not have a place of their own where they can sell.

Silvia is a member of the Communal Bank "Mujeres al Futuro" (Women of the Future). This will be her third loan with MFP. Just as she was on previous occasions, Silvia says that she will be punctual with her loan payments. She is pleased to be sharing in the work of her Communal Bank with other responsible and supportive people. Silvia will invest her loan in the following manner: half will be used to buy materials for weaving (wool, colored thread) and the other half will be used to buy seeds so that she can start another crop of maca root.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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