A loan of $400 helped to buy threads and fabric to continue her work in sewing. She wil lalso buy clothing to sell during the summer season.

Maritza's story

Maritza is a 41 year old woman. She is described as being kind, honest and very hardworking. She in single and the mother of 2 children. She lives in a rented house where she fights to get ahead day to day and improve her family's quality of life. They are the reason she sacrifices to get ahead. Maritza's job is sewing, fixing and selling clothing for women, men and children. She designs her own patterns and offers them for sale in her little locale. although sometimes she sells some that she buy wholesale in another city. Her customer's trust her because of her patience and passion for each detail so that her work will be quality. She has done this work for 25 years and she always works alone. She also has skills in hairstyling and that is why she has set up a small space in her house to do haircuts and different stylings. She really likes her work, although sometimes she has thoughth that she couldn't go on because she couldn't create some design. That is why she started to take trainings in fashion and this helped her create new clothing. Over time she was able to get over her fear and now she an excellent seamstress. She hopes in the future to open a workshop and be known throughout the country. This is loan number 8 with MFP. She is grateful to everyone who has made her loan possible so she can continue doing her work with better results. That is why she is committed once more to making her payments on time as she did with her previous loans. She is also happy to be a part of her communal bank because all of the members are responsible people and very supportive. With the amount she has asked for (S/. 1000), she will buy thread and fabric to continue her work sewing clothes. She will also buy clothing to sell for the summer season.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue

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