A loan of $600 helped to buy supplies for making fireworks.

Genoveva's story

Genoveva, age 38, is an unassuming woman who lives with her husband. They have three children, whom she adores and is raising with great effort. They live together in a house made of sturdy material, which they bought ten years ago.

It all started 20 years ago when she and her husband decided to form a family. Her husband’s training in the art of fireworks became the source of income that now supports her household.

She is happy because she works with all of her family. In the mornings she makes the fireworks, and in the afternoons she tends to her customers in the warmth of her home. “Being a pyrotechnician is an art because together they all design the way to surprise the customers; each time is more challenging,” she says.

That is why they have different prices and qualities that vary with the design of the fireworks. Also, she is aware of the safety that she has to offer her customers. Therefore, she always maintains the government permits and the established norms as well as a safe environment. These rules have kept her family safe. “I always need to be careful,” she says.

The months that she sells the most are the holiday months. She hopes to be able to improve each day in order to keep her customers happy.

Genoveva is grateful for the support she has received. It helps her to shape her business and to value the effort she makes day to day. She pledges to be punctual with her payments. She has learned how to be responsible. Genoveva will use the 1,500 soles to buy supplies to develop her work. She will buy things like small reeds, metal, wires, and other supplies.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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