A loan of $400 helped to buy nails, glue, and wood remainders.

Roly's story

Roly, 40, is married to Leonilde, the father of her three daughters. The whole family lives together in her own house, striving every day to get ahead and improve their standard of living.

Roly's job is selling mats, for which she has set up a rudimentary workshop to make this product. She continuously makes the quantity she needs to sell. Generally her sales are made on advance orders in quantity, which benefits her budget. She gets her raw materials from nearby locations where they offer her affordable prices for the wood remainders that she recycles to make the mats. The entire production process is manual.

She has been in this business for about four years and she works with the help of her husband and one other worker. She's passionate about her work because she feels that with it she contributes to the conservation of the environment. It also pleases her to know that with this job she can get the income she needs for her family's basic expenses. She hopes to be able to set up a semi-industrial shop to make mats with better finishing touches.

Currently she's requesting 1000 soles [PEN] to buy small nails, glue, and wood remainders that she needs to make mats.

She's happy knowing she has financial support because she'll feel more certain of getting ahead with her job. She also pledges to make her payments punctually.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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