A loan of $400 helped to buy sewing materials, such as fabric, thread, elastics, and buttons.

Miriam's story

Forty-one-year-old Mirian is a hardworking, happy, dynamic woman who wants to get ahead. She is married to Einer, who is a teacher, and they have two children, 15-year-old Einer and 13-year-old Keiker. They live in the house they bought through hard work and dedication.

Mirian sews and makes women's, men's, and children's clothing for a living. She learned this business when she was very young by studying at an occupational education center. She was able to learn everything she needed to work in this field and she has been able to make a name for herself and attract some customers.

She started out by setting up her own sewing studio in her home with only one machine, which she bought with her savings, and tending to her customers' needs, which have been increasing. She has been in this business for over five years and so far she has worked on her own.

She likes her business as she can count on the income to cover her household expenses and offer her family a better quality of life. Her husband's salary from teaching was not enough and they needed additional income. She wants to continue and expand her business and buy more sewing machines.

This is her second loan with MFP. She is happy to know that she can count on financial support to solidify her plans and so she promises to be responsible about her payments so she will have a good credit record.

With the requested 1,000 nuevos soles, she will buy sewing materials, such as fabric, thread, elastics, buttons, etc., and she will look for low prices for her bulk purchases so she will have a wider profit margin.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Alyson Trowbridge

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