A loan of $325 helped to buy a sewing machine and dressmaking supplies, such as: fabric, thread, buttons and needles.

Lorreine's story

Lorreine, 49, is a hardworking and responsible woman. She is married to Estanis, 62, and together they have 4 children that they raised and educated and are now independent. Lorreine now lives with her husband in her own home, where they share their days with a desire to work hard in order to have a better quality of life.

Lorreine has a business making and repairing garments. She works in her house, where she awaits the arrival of her friends, neighbors and personal acquaintances who need to buy an exclusive garment, or who simply need some small mending work done such as mending a split seam, putting a button on a shirt or pair of pants, or putting in a zipper. She has been doing this work for 10 years, and she does it with an old sewing machine that she keeps that she is very fond of, as she considers it to be her loyal work companion. She always provides friendly service, and she is very thorough and observant, qualities that have enabled her to complete her work with excellent quality finishes. Alongside this activity, she sometimes also sells used clothing at that bank of the river. She has been doing this for 2 years, and this business has also done very well. And if that weren't enough, she also works in the mornings in a sawmill in the city, which increases her income. Now she is hoping to establish a dressmaking business that is much more complete, and to do this she needs to buy a new sewing machine.

This is Lorreine's third loan with MFP, and she is very content to know that she has financial support, guaranteeing her the ability to continue working with a lot of tranquility. On her part, she promises to continue being punctual with her loan payments, as she was with the previous loans that she took. With the sum of 800 Peruvian soles that she requests, she will buy a new sewing machine with a serger that costs about 700 soles. With the rest of the money, she will buy some dressmaking supplies such as fabric, thread, buttons and needles.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar

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