A loan of $300 helped to buy materials to make her handicrafts.

Gregoria's story

Gregoria is a very hard-working 43-year-old single mother. She lives in her own house with her only son, Ronald, who is 24. Every day she makes miniature handicrafts, which she sells by traveling around the streets of the city of Puno. She hand-makes replicas of bottles of milk, sacks of flour, bags of cement, sacks of rice, and many other things, but always in very small sizes, because in Puno they believe that if you buy these things in miniature, they will turn into the real thing.

Gregoria really likes her work because it's really fun and she feels like she's playing. She has been doing this for 15 years and wants to be able to export her products to other countries to increase her income. The hardest part of her work is that she has to do everything by hand, so it takes a long time to make enough merchandise to go out and sell.

This will be Gregoria's first loan with MFP. She knows she has to make all of her payments on time, and she is willing to do so. She is very happy with her village bank and is always joking around with the other members. She plans to use the 900 soles she is requesting to buy the materials she needs to make her miniature crafts, and she is hoping to expand her current sales.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jill Heske

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