A loan of $400 helped to buy sewing supplies.

María's story

María, 50, is a hardworking, dedicated woman who very much wants to get ahead. She’s married to Israel who works in transportation and is the father of their three children. They live together in the house they built with much effort.

She works sewing, an occupation she learned at an occupational education center when she was young. She also sells fish in the morning in her neighborhood’s little market. She does the sewing at home; her customers come there and she takes care of them kindly which is why they recommend her to other people. She considers her business to be quite profitable because of the profits she nets and the demand she has. To date, she’s been working alone but sometimes her daughter helps her in her free time.

She started this activity with a loan because she needed an occupation to generate more income as well as in response to her neighbors’ requests upon seeing the good work she did with her sewing. However, after so many years, it’s tiring for her to stay in the same position sewing for so long which is why she wants to invest profits she has in a grocery store.

This is her MFP loan #18. On the other hand, she comments that she’s happy in the communal bank because she knows the other members and considers them to be good, mutually supportive people.

She will use the requested 1000 new soles to buy sewing supplies (fabric, thread, elastic, etc.) that she intends to bring from the capital looking for the best prices based on her volume purchases. She also wants to bring clothes to sell and with any money left over will buy more fish.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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