A loan of $400 helped to buy several kilos of sheep and alpaca wool as well as synthetic thread in assorted colors.

Silvia's story

Silvia, 33, is married to Edwin with whom she has two children who are 14 and 9 years old. She and her family live in a house of their own in a rural district. Silvia’s a welcoming and enterprising woman. She’s been a crafts-person for more than 15 years.

She’s very skilled at knitting. When she was a little girl she’d knit clothes for dolls and now that she has family responsibility she turned her hobby into her main source of income. Now, she has looms that she uses to make blankets and tapestries out of different kinds of wool. “It’s more profitable to knit with alpaca wool but it’s also riskier because one must invest more,” she mentions.

She and her husband also work in agriculture growing ‘maca’ [an Andean root vegetable] which sells well. They divide roles: Silvia knits and Edwin farms. They hope to reach their objectives this way and one of them is to finish building their house. Her goals focus on developing as a businesswoman but to do so she needs your help in order to acquire more materials.

She belongs to the “Mujeres al Futuro” (Women towards the Future) communal bank and this is her MFP loan #4. Like in previous occasions, she mentions that she’ll be punctual with her installment payments. She feels good working with responsible members. Silvia will use the 1,000 soles to buy several kilos of sheep and alpaca wool and will also buy synthetic thread in assorted colors.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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