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Emma learned how to make backpacks, handbags and wallets at the seamstress shop where she was working. It was this that motivated her 13 years ago to start her own sewing shop in his home. She takes her products to the country fairs and markets, where they are then sold. She also performs sewing services for customers too. In a week, she makes about 200 backpacks and handbags. The loans she has received in the past have helped her purchase the materials necessary to make her products. In the future, Emma would like to have her own post in the market and sell her products.

Translated from Spanish by Marty Greenstein, Kiva Volunteer

Emma aprendió a hacer mochilas, bolsos y carteras en el taller donde trabajaba. Fue así que hace 13 años se animó a poner su propio taller de costura en su casa. Ella lleva sus mochilas y carteras a campos feriales o mercados, donde los vende. Igualmente, hace servicios de costura para otras personas. A la semana hace alrededor de 200 mochilas y bolsos.

Los préstamos que ha recibido le han servido para comprar los materiales que necesita para confeccionar las mochilas.

A Emma le gustaría tener un puesto propio en el mercado y vender sus productos.

Additional Information


EDAPROSPO seeks to use micro-credit to foster productive commercial activity for the sake of economic and social development within vulnerable urban and rural sectors traditionally neglected by commercial banks. By offering innovative products such as technical education loans and microfinance groups for young people, EDAPROSPO helps disadvantaged Peruvians lift themselves out of poverty.

About Peru

  • $12,000
    Average annual income
  • 41
    View loans »
    Peru Loans Fundraising
  • $64,450,300
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 2.8
    Peru Nuevos Soles (PEN) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $125 helped Emma purchase the materials needed to make her backpacks, handbags and wallets / Para comprar los materiales que necesita para confeccionar las mochilas que ofrece.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
6 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Aug 29, 2008
Aug 15, 2008
Currency Exchange Loss:
Feb 5, 2009