A loan of $600 helped to buy sand and sawdust for making bricks.

Rosa's story

Rosa, age 20, is a hard-working woman who lives with her son Deyvid in a house she has been renting for 4 months while she works on completing construction of her own home. Her main attribute is that she works hard, overseeing her own brick production. She likes the work and says that she is a native of Lima so coming out to live in the country is a pleasure. Since then, she has spent 4 years working and coming to know this business.

Being a resourceful woman, she figured out a way to earn a higher profit by firing her bricks two times a month, unlike most producers. "This way when the customers need bricks mid-month, they can buy mine as I have thousands of bricks ready at the time" she says. She also tries to save money in her spare time by searching the countryside for enough logs and branches to fire her bricks so as not to have to buy them. Now she wants to keep improving the quality of her bricks. She belongs to the "New Youth Generation" solidarity group and this is her second loan with Microfinanzas Prisma [Kiva field partner]. She is thankful for the support she has gotten as it has helped her to grow her business's capital. That's why she promises to be punctual in making her payments. Rosa will invest the money in buying sand and sawdust for making bricks.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jacob Bintliff

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