A loan of $350 helped buy wool for traditional crafts business.

Paulina's story

Paulina, 44, is a loving mother of 2 children: Pol, 22, and Yohana, 15. She lives in the house that she inherited from her parents and she wants more than anything to give her kids a good university-level education. She operates a business making and selling traditional woven cloth, a skill that she learned from her parents as a girl and one that has allowed her to support her 2 beloved children. She's sacrificed a lot to grow her business, working day and night to improve the lives of the members of her family. Paulina has operated the business for 10 years and she enjoys it very much, weaving being the thing she most likes to do. She hopes to have a store in the future where she could sell her crafts. For now, she sells them to vendors who resell them. What she least likes about her business is carting her goods to the places where they're sold, something that takes a lot of time and is very tiring. Nevertheless, she won't stop striving to get ahead because of these small problems. She know that all the sacrifices she has to make are for the sake of her kids. This is Paulina's second MFP loan and she wants to repay it on time because she hopes to get other loans in the future. She's an active member of her community bank, always concerned about the welfare of the other members. She will use the loan to buy more wool of better quality so that she can increase the quantity of goods she makes.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jere Wiseman

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