A loan of $1,175 helped to buy thread, fabric, and lace.

Cacilda's story

Cacilda, 48, is a happy and enterprising woman. She's a widow; her husband died 17 years ago. She lives in her own house with her two children, who are university students.

Cacilda's job is making underwear for women, men, and children. She also knits bags, shoes, tablecloths, and other things. She has a sewing machine, which is the main tool for her job. She does her work in a place inside her own house. She has been tailoring for two years and she likes what she does because she has time to be with her loved ones. She considers her business profitable because she has a lot of customers and they're always recommending her for the good work she does.

She got started in this work because she needed to generate income to support her children with their school expenses. Her children help her sell and distribute her work. Before she started this business she had a small store and she gave her neighbors credit. They didn't pay her for the products they consumed, "they swindled her." She lost her capital because of this event.

She decided to change businesses, and she had the idea of doing what she always enjoyed, which was sewing and knitting. She didn't have the necessary money so she sold some of her electrical appliances to have support capital. She hopes to have greater production because she has a large number of customers.

This is her fourth loan with MFP. She's very grateful to the institution because they help her grow as a micro-entrepreneur and also as a person.

With the requested amount of 3000 soles [PEN] she's going to buy thread, fabric, and lace, and also pay for her travel expenses for distributing her production.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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