A loan of $775 helped to stock up on clothes.

Karina's story

Karina, 35, is a hardworking woman who very much wants to get ahead. She’s married to Abel who is a teacher. They have two children: Karibel, 10, and Abel, 7, who she loves very much.

She sells clothes. She brings all her articles of clothing from the capital and sells them among her friends, neighbors and coworkers because she has a job as a teacher in a local school. She started the business 8 years ago and to date gets help from her cousin who lives in the capital and sends her the merchandise. She does the sales by herself but when it comes to collecting payment her spouse helps her with his car in order to save transportation costs. She likes her business because it allows her to earn additional income to help her spouse cover household expenses and meet her small children’s needs who are the motivating force to continue making progress.

This is her second MFP loan and she feels grateful for the financial support to stay in business. She also feels very comfortable with her communal bank because it’s a group of good people who make their payments.

She will use the requested 2000 new soles to buy clothes in varied designs and styles according to her customers’ orders.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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