A loan of $1,550 helped to purchase fabrics to make bedding, thread, and elastic.

Erlinda's story

Erlinda is a kind, friendly, hard-working 61 year old woman. She is married to Silvio, who is a shopkeeper, and is the mother of 3 grown children. Now, she works only for herself and her 13 year old granddaughter, whom she is educating and raising to make a positive contribution to society. On weekdays, Erlinda works making sheets of various designs, as well as covers for pillows and furniture, and complete bedroom sets. She has a small workshop in her home where she completes all of her work. She has worked in this business for more than 12 years, sometimes receiving help from her children and granddaughter. On the weekends, Erlinda goes to sell her products to friends, neighbors, acquaintances, or any customers who would like to have a set of good quality bedding at a very good price. Her business is profitable thanks to her good sales and earnings. Erlinda likes her job because it allows her time to take care of her animals and plants, and one of her favorite hobbies is to plant flowers in her garden. She has many plans for the future and would like to continue growing her business and making it prosper. Above all, she wants to continue her business. This will be her 12th loan with MFP, and she is very happy to know that she has financial backing that will allow her to work with peace of mind. For her part, Erlinda is committed to making her payments on time and continuing to be a member in good standing, as she has been for the other loans she has had. She is also very happy to belong to the community bank, because all of the other members are very responsible and caring. With the 4000 soles she is asking for, Erlinda will buy materials to continue doing her work, such as fabrics for sheets, thread, and elastic, among other items. She will increase her production and be able to look for low prices for buying materials in bulk.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Kate Wegmann

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