A loan of $250 helped to buy roots, flowers and leaves from different plants to make the perfumes she sells.

Joan's story

Joan is 41 years old. He is a dynamic and enterprising man. He lives with his spouse and together they have two children, aged 20 and 17. They live in the home they own that he was able to buy with much hard work and sacrifice. Joan's work is making artisanal perfumes. To do this he needs to have certain ingredients such as roots, leaves and flowers from different plants from the region that he considers mystical. Also, some essential fragrances from other elements such as capulí or cinnamon. He makes these perfumes only to order from his customers. He also does curative baths with leaves from medicinal plants which cure different diseases or improve the spirits of the person who undergoes the treatment. His services are well paid. He is even sought after in other cities where he goes at any time of the year. He sells his perfumes in 1 liter bottles seales and sold in attractive boxes. He has had this business for more than 20 years and it is going very well for him working alone. He likes everything about his job because when he was young he saw how his grandparents did it and little by little he learned how. He works calmly without a lot of expenses and makes good income. He hopes to be able to keep growing little by little with his work. This is loan number 3 with MFP. He has always been described in his group as a person who pays on time and responisbly. He is certain this time will be no exceptino. He is very happy and grateful for the support that is being given to him to multiply his investment. He is very committed to the group he belongs to and hopes to keep working with them.

With the amount of 600 soles that he has asked for he will buy roots, flowers and leaves from different plants to make the perfumes he sells. He will also buy bottles and boxes to present his product in.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue

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