A loan of $575 helped to buy tailoring supplies and a new sewing machine.

Luzmila's story

Luzmila is 47 years old. She is a hard-working and very enterprising woman, in addition to being cheerful and sociable. She is separated from the father of her two children. She currently lives with just one of them, Cristian, age 23. The house where they live is rented.

She works providing tailoring services and making clothing. She has a small workshop which she set up in her home, where she installed her sewing machines. She learned this profession at a vocational education center, and she later started her business, buying a small machine and making garments for her friends and neighbors. She was able to make herself known and gain more customers, expanding her business and buying more machines to facilitate her work, thus improving her results. She has done this work for more than 16 years, with the help of a niece whom she pays by the week for her work. What she likes about her work is that it lets her use her talents in a profession she enjoys, since she likes coming up with new designs, and she also likes serving her customers. She has plans to expand the space dedicated to her business, and in the future to open a boutique in this same place.

This is loan number 5 for her with the MFP institution, and she feels grateful because in this way she will be able to move ahead with her business. She also feels comfortable with the members of her communal bank, since she considers them responsible people with a sense of solidarity.

With the amount she is requesting, 1500 Peruvian new soles, she will invest in buying supplies to make clothing, such as fabrics, thread, buttons and other items. She will also acquire a new sewing machine, valued at 600 new soles.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Patricia Linderman

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