A loan of $325 helped to buy fabric, lace, elastic and thread.

Victoria's story

Victoria is 60, and a friendly, enterprising woman. She lives in her own home. Her children are now independent and live in other places. Victoria's work is designing, making and selling clothing for ladies, men and children.

She does this work at a shop inside her own home, and has been doing this for 40 years. She says that she started in this business because of the need to obtain employment, and as she had studied industrial dressmaking, she decided to set up her business. She carries on her livelihood together with a few friends with whom she has formed a partnership.

She considers it profitable, because the companies request her services for making employee uniforms. She also sells her merchandise to friends, family members and neighbors. Before she started this business, her husband took care of the household expenses, but he left her, so she decided to move forward and and put into practice what she had studied.

She hopes to keep her business going, because it provides good earnings and she can pay her household expenses. Therefore, this will be her first loan with the MFP institution. She feels very grateful to the institution for giving her the chance to belong to a group where they support one another. This motivates her to continue being on time with her installment payments.

With the amount applied for of 800 soles, she will buy material such as fabric, lace, elastic and thread, so that she can continue making clothing and finish the number of orders placed with her for the coming month.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jeff Goldie

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