A loan of $950 helped to buy clothes and a sewing machine.

Selmith's story

Selmith, 60, is a tenacious, hardworking, very cheerful woman. She’s a widow living with her three children who are 41, 39, and 30 years old as well as her five grandchildren who she loves and pampers very much.

She sells clothes that she buys in the city and sometimes brings from the capital. She sells them in areas away from the city like settlements along the riverbanks. She makes short trips and is well-known in these areas; most of her sales are to order. She’s been in this activity for more than three years occasionally getting help to do it from some of her children who accompany her on her trips along the river.

She likes her work because it provides regular income for her own expenses and for occasional treats, like buying gifts for her grandchildren. What she dislikes is that due to her age it’s more difficult each time to do these trips because she ends up fatigued but she comments that it’s her only source of income so she wants to continue and stay in business.

This is her fifth MFP loan. She likes the work in her communal bank and hopes to continue to have this financial support. She commits to continue being punctual with her installment payments.

She will use the requested 2500 new soles to buy various styles of clothes for all genders. She will also buy a sewing machine valued at 500 new soles and supplies to go into sewing.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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