A loan of $325 helped to buy sewing supplies.


Nelly's story

Nelly, 64, is a hardworking woman who is determined to get ahead. Her spouse abandoned her years ago. She lives in her own house with her daughter and grandchildren who keep her company and help with household chores. Nelly’s activity is sewing and designing clothes for women, men and children. She has a small workshop at home where she has two semi-industrial sewing machines that are useful for making good finishing touches and to make the garments according to customers’ wishes thus winning over their loyalty. She’s been doing this for more than 30 years with help from a lady who knows how to sew and she pays by the piece. She comments that she learned this activity taking courses at an occupational education center and to date it’s been her source of income and a way for her to fees productive. In her free time she prints fabric that she then sells to family members and neighbors. She considers the business to be quite profitable because of the good profits it yields which is why she plans to open a boutique at home to display her products. This will be her first MFP loan and she’s very happy to know that she’ll have financial support because she’ll then feel sure to advance with her business. On the other hand, she commits to make her payments. Also, she’s happy to be part of her communal bank because all the members are responsible, very mutually supportive people. She will use the requested 800 new soles to buy sewing supplies like fabric, thread, elastic and others looking for the best prices available for volume purchases.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz


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