A loan of $375 helped to buy supplies to make handicrafts.

Cecilia's story

Cecilia, 40, is a hardworking and industrious woman who is also friendly and cordial in the way she treats others. She is separated from the father of her 7 children. She lives in her own house with 4 of her children and her parents, who support her in raising her youngest children.

Cecilia has a business selling handicrafts (necklaces, bracelets, blankets with native designs, and other items). She has a small workshop in her house where she prepares all of these items, and she sells them in an itinerant manner in her town, at times also taking them to sell in other cities. She started this business more than 18 years ago with her own capital, preparing small quantities of goods. She learned this trade from her mother and now, seeing that her business is well received, she has decided to continue. Thus far, she has relied on the support of her small children in the preparation of her items. She makes the sales on her own. She considers her business to be quite profitable, because she almost always sells out of everything she makes. She decided to start this business owing to the need to have a job and an income to cover her expenses and those of her children, because she separated from her partner.

This is the third loan that she has taken from the MFP institution, and she is content to know that she will have access to financial support to carry out her plans. Also, she comments that she is very comfortable with her communal bank, because she knows most of the members and considers them to be friendly and responsible people.

With the sum of 1,000 Peruvian soles that she is requesting, she will buy supplies to make handicrafts (cotton muslin for the blankets, thread, dyes and other materials.)

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar

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