A loan helped to buy natural fertilizers, as well as thread and fabric.

Victoria's story

Victoria, age 46, is a courageous woman. She has lived in a rental home for two years along with her three children, whom she loves very much.

For five years she has made handcrafted embroidery; she started after being invited by one of her friends, who taught her how to do it. Now she does embroidery jobs in the comfort of her own home, so that she can take care of her house and children. She also grows alfalfa to sell wholesale once the bushes are mature. For these reasons she does not have a fixed work schedule, but she is very steadfast in the creation of her embroidery. Due to the complexity of the work and the thickness of the embroidery on the fabric, it takes up to a month to complete. As a result she produces a beautiful, traditional garment that draws admiration from her customers, and finally these are bought in cash.

The most profitable time in her business is during the full season of festivities, typically called the Festival of Santiago in honor of the animals, and which is much celebrated in the region. She wants to increase her production of embroidered skirts and hire people to help her with this work.

She belongs to the united group "Mujeres Victorianas" [Victorian Women] and this is their seventh loan with MFP. She is very happy to have financial support, and has always demonstrated responsibility in her payments. Furthermore, she appreciates being part of a community bank because all of its members are responsible and supportive people.

Victoria will invest the money in the purchase of natural fertilizers to nourish her alfalfa fields; additionally she will buy thread and fabric for her embroidery.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sophie VH.

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