A loan of $975 helped to buy wood crates and a truckload of sawdust.

Doris's story

Doris, 53, is a kind, very hardworking woman. She’s a widow but lives with her children in her own house she built with much effort and dedication. She strives daily from there to provide the best for her children so that they will be happy people in the future.

Doris’ work consists in manufacturing charcoal. She leases space in a field that’s in a far distant part of the city that is set aside for this type of function and she works there every day. Her work consists in buying discarded pieces of wood from nearby sawmills. She then installs artisanal ovens she puts the acquired wood into and covers it with sawdust. Then she lights it and waits a few weeks for the wood to reach its optimum baking stage and become charcoal.

She’s been in this business more than three years and she states that it’s very hard but profitable work. She has help from three day laborers and occasionally her son-in-law helps her too. On the other hand, she also sells food from home in the evening. She likes her work because she’s able to work and feel useful for her family. It pleases her to feel that she has much more to give for others and if this weren’t enough she insists that dealing with people directly is what she most likes to do. Fortunately, she does well because she always obtains a good production and this helps her to increase profits so she hopes her business will maintain this same pace of progress.

This is her 6th MFP loan and she’s very happy with the financial support she’s getting because she’ll feel confident about making progress with her work. She’s very happy to belong to her communal bank because they are all very responsible and mutually supportive. She will use the 2,500 soles to buy various wood crates and to buy a truckload of sawdust.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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