A loan of $400 helped to buy thread, needles, buttons, fabric, backing, and lace to keep making the clothing and sheets that she sells. She will also buy some equipment that needs replacing.

Maritza's story

Maritza, 42, is a strong woman and a fighter. She is separated since her husband left and she had to raise her child by herself. But he is grown and independent now. Now she lives alone in her own house and what she wants most is to be able to work to generate income that will allow her to enjoy a peaceful old age.

Her work is clothes-making. Many times, she waits for a customer to come and order a design or alterations for an article of clothing. On other occasions she is inspired by new designs and creates her own clothing. She also makes sheets and curtains to sell among her customers, family, and friends. Her workshop is in her house, where she equipped a place to work calmly. She has had this business for 11 years and with time she learned to put a good finish on her work. She likes what she does, since she is independent, has her own work schedule, and she also gives other people the opportunity to work, since in certain seasons she hires employees when she has too many orders and she alone can't fill them. She remembers a lot how she started this activity, since she worked for someone else and sought to start her own business and this good decision is reflected now in the income that she earns. She wants to continue with her work and in the future be able to have a bigger workshop with more machines and more workers.

This is her fourth loan from MFP. She is very thankful to the people who make her loan possible and give her the opportunity to keep working to achieve her goals. She is also committed to making her payments on time with lots of responsibility.

With the sought-after sum, 1000 soles, she will buy materials like thread, needles, buttons, fabric, backing and lace to keep making the clothing and sheets that she sells. She will also buy some equipment what she needs to replace.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Caitlin Jones

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