A loan of $400 helped to buy fabric, accessories and indigenous crafts.

Martina's story

Martina, 48, is a hardworking, enterprising woman in addition to being kind and gracious. Her spouse is Elías who is a craftsman and father of their two children, Medita, 34 and Jhon, 19, both with spouses and their respective families and sharing household expenses. They all live together in their own house.

Martina’s activity is selling native crafts like necklaces, bracelets, earrings, blankets and others. To do so, she has a small workshop at home where she makes all the crafts with help from her children. She then sells them from place to place in squares and tourist sites in the city providing very gracious customer service who for the most part are tourists and other people referred to her by them who also become her customers.

She’s been in this business for 15 years and to date does it with support from her family; she learned from her mother and now she’s teaching her children. She considers the business to be profitable because of the high demand it has and the profits it yields.

She likes her business because it generates income and allows her to stay busy and to have an occupation. Therefore, she plans to continue with the business and to make it grow hoping to generate higher income.

This will be MFP loan #5 so she’s hoping for your collaboration in order to reach her objectives. On the other hand, she likes the work the communal bank has been doing supporting people so they can advance with their businesses.

She will use the requested 1,000 new soles to buy supplies like ‘tocuyo’ [coarse cotton cloth] to make blankets with native designs as well as accessories and indigenous crafts in order to have a good variety of stock for sale looking for lower prices so she can buy in volume.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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