A loan of $400 helped to purchase skeins of synthetic wool, colored threads and several kilograms of cotton to complete client orders for the festival season.


Trinidad's story

Trinidad is 52 years old, and is married to Donato. They have two children, one of whom lives with them in the home that they purchased 37 years ago. Trinidad's parents were artisans, and from a very young age she learned to work with looms, combine colors and weave intricate designs and borders in fabric. "My father would win craft contests; he was one of the best," she says. When Trinidad started her own family, she was working as a farmer. With her income from farming, she bought three looms that she still uses, and began weaving blankets, as well as costumes for folk singers and other events. Her biggest sale days of the year come during the time of the festival to honor the animals and carnivals. During this period of time, Trinidad is constantly taking orders from clients for woven items, and she has to double her efforts to keep up with demand. Presently, she wants to open up a juice bar to generate additional income. She is a member of the solidarity group, "Santiago de Chauca," and this is her third loan with MFP. Over the past years she has benefited greatly from loans, as they have helped her to improve her business and learn from her fellow group members, who are like brothers and sisters to her. She promises to continue her history of prompt loan payments. Trinidad plans to use the support from this loan to purchase skeins of synthetic wool, colored threads and several kilograms of cotton for completing client orders for the festival season.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Gillian Goodrich


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