A loan of $625 helped to purchase musical instruments and toys for her shows.

Magdalina's story

Magdalena earns a living by traveling to schools and childcare centers putting on performances, short plays, and concerts for children. She works by herself, but sometimes her sister helps her out. Magdalena is very talented. She writes poems and songs, and composes scripts for her performances. She is also a book author. It was difficult for Magdalena to get started. But thanks to her resilience she was able to promote herself. Magdalena has saved 5000 hriven to buy musical instruments (traditional Ukrainian flutes, psalteries, maracas, etc.), and children's toys. To perform her concerts she needs more materials and instruments; the more varied the concerts, the more often she will be invited to perform. WIth time, she hopes to perform abroad. Magdalena has long dreamed of investing her earnings into recording CDs with her songs; this is something she has wanted to do for several years.

Translated from Russian by Kiva volunteer Peter and Lynne Weil

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