A loan of $200 helped to buy bracelets, necklaces, and decorations crafted by hand for her business.

Teodora's story

Teodora is 64 years old and is married to Sebastián. They have seven children, but they are adults. She lives with her husband in their own home located in a district in the central jungle.

Teodora is a warm and generous person. She has a stand located at the entrance of a popular tourist spot. In her facility she sells handicrafts such as bracelets, necklaces, earrings, home decorations, etc. All of these are made from the seeds of exotic plants. “What I like best is selling coconut monkeys (crafts) at 10 soles but I buy at 5 and will double the price,” she says. But these months there are not many sales, so she also offers soft drinks and ice cream sodas.

She has been thinking of visiting her children during the holiday season and returning with vigor to work. Her trip will also be useful in acquiring merchandise from other cities. She is happy because she is confident that these days will do much to benefit her family and business.

This will be her seventh loan through MFP and she is grateful for the help. She promises to be punctual in her loan repayment. She belongs to the communal bank “Las Heliconias” and she enjoys the teamwork.

She will invest the 500 soles in the purchase of more handicrafts buying at wholesale, including bracelets, necklaces, homemade decorations, among others.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Gail LeGrand

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