A loan of $300 helped to buy materials so that prisoners can paint the pictures that she sells.

Leslie's story

Leslie is a friendly, good and hardworking 26 year old. She is the mother of two children, ages eight and four. They are her sole responsibility as her husband abandoned her. It is a lot of hard work, but she does it with love and the hope of bringing the best to her family.
She sells paintings that are made by the prisoners in the central jail of the city. She goes to the jail to acquire the paintings, which she then sells. She sells the paintings on credit and receives weekly or bimonthly payments from her customers, depending on the customer’s situation. In the same prison they also make sandals. This is another business that she would like to start, selling the sandals. For the moment, this work has been successful and has allowed he to give her children food and an education. She has been doing this work for the past two years. Also, she would eventually like to sell sweets door to door or at parties or reunions that are in her area.
What she likes about her work is that it is a good use of her time but it isn’t always easy. At first she didn’t know anything about business, but little by little she learned and now her work has become a part of her life. Her goal is to consolidate her business and sell her goods in a store. She would also like to sell in other districts in her region.
This is her third loan with MFP. She is very content with the financial assistance. With this loan she feels secure about advancing her business. She promises to pay her payments on time as she has done in the past. She is happy to belong to the community bank, as all of the members are responsible and united.
With the loan that she is requesting, for 800 soles, she will buy wood to take to the jail so the prisoners can make the pictures and sandals that she will sell.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Esther Levandoski

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