A loan of $575 helped to purchase more clothing to sell and supplies for her laundry business.

Rosa's story

Rosa is 57 years old. She is an enterprising, honest, and very hard-working woman. She became a mother at seventeen, and her daughter is now forty. She currently lives alone in her own home and day after day she dedicates all her effort to what she does in order to get on with her life and generate her own income.

She works selling clothing, which she generally delivers by order, be it biweekly or monthly. She has customers who order from her and she sees about finding the clothing items in another city. This business yelds a very good profit, since she offers brand-name quality clothing that is made with good materials. She started out five years ago and says she has never received any complaints from her customers. However, like any resourceful person, she combines this work with a second business, which is a laundry service. She works washing clothing by hand, mainly for police officers, and this is a job that can be done from the comfort of her home. She suffers from a condition in her legs which forces her to walk on crutches, which is why sometimes she needs help, though she generally works by herself. She very much enjoys her work because she feels that it is her way of showing other people that in spite of some difficulties you can always get ahead. She now hopes to set up some other business at home and work both jobs more efficiently. She wants to have clothing display cabinets, mannequins, racks, mirrors, and a good washing machine.

This is her fourth loan with MFP and she is very happy knowing that they once again offer their trust for her to continue with her businesses. She also promises to continue making her monthly payments on time and to keep working responsibly with the members of her communal bank, since they are all supportive people.

She will use the requested amount, 1,500 nuevos soles, to purchase more merchandise (polo shirts, shirts, blouses, shorts, and pants for men and women) in order to keep working. She will invest part of the money in purchasing laudry items, such as detergent, soap, and bleach.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Mariana Sanchis

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