A loan of $600 helped to buy braces, sheets of aluminum, and equipment for metallic carpentry.

Maria's story

María, 55, is an honest, hardworking, and above all very responsible woman. She does her job along with her partner, Orlando, who makes a living as a welder making metal doors. Her children are independent and live in the capital. María's job is making doors, windows, and stairs of metal. She has a place in the front of her own home.

She has done this work for eight years; she started because her partner needed a helper to paint the doors and windows. She decided to do it because he couldn't get a helper, and since then they decided to work together. They go out to look for customers in various places where these services are needed. She comments that this field gives her a lot of profits because the city is beginning to grow and there's more construction and a need for their services in the area of metallic carpentry. The places where they're needed are farther away all the time, so they have a way to transport their welding machine, metal cutter, and other work tools.

It's going very well for her because she has more customers all the time, which allows her to generate a regular income. She hopes to be able to open a workshop later to increase her profits and give other people the opportunity to work.

This will be her sixth loan with MFP. She likes her group because everyone knows each other and they're always watching out for what could happen to the others.

With the requested amount of 1500 soles [PEN] she'll buy such materials as braces, sheets of aluminum, and equipment she needs for her job in metallic carpentry.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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