A loan of $550 helped purchase cloth and skirts to embroider and natural fertilizers for her next harvest.

Maria's story

María is 44 years old, she has two children but now she only lives with one of them, her youngest. They live in her sister's house. She cares for her daughters alone, it was difficult, but with her family's help she was able to be successful. Her primary economic activity is embroidering slips/skirts, typical dress of the region, each one sells for 200 Peruvian soles and she can make two a week. But like a good country woman, during the right seasons, she also plants potatoes and olluco (a Peruvian tuber plant) on her own land, each season she sells her harvest at a festival in one of the districts of her city, she also takes advantage of this opportunity to sell the animals she raises (cows and pigs).

She belongs to a group called "Barrio oriental" and this is her 15th loan with MFP and she is thankful for the help she has received from this group over the years (more than 6 ) and she promises to make her payments punctually. María will invest this money in purchasing cloth and skirts to embroider as well as natural fertilizers for her next harvest.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Kristin Connor

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