A loan of $400 helped to buy cloth, lace, thread, elastic and suppllies to make wallets.

Lastenia's story

Señora Lastenia is a member of the Manos Unidas Communal Bank. She lives at Mza. E-Lt. 12 Las Laureles Jr. in the Banda de Shilcayo district, in the region of San Martín. She is 56 years old, married, and the mother of 3 grown children, all of whom are independent. Lastenia has been a member of her communal bank for 4 years. She first launched her business, on the urging of her daughter and with her husband's support, with a loan of 300 soles. Today, she makes and sells items of clothing and wallets, which she sells to her regular customers among the community's residents.

With this loan of 1,200 soles, which she will pay back in 6 months, she will buy cotton cloth which she will use to make undergarments in all different sizes and styles for both women and men. She will also buy thread, lace, elastic, and the materials she needs to make wallets. With these supplies, she will be able to meet her clients' demand for her products.

Lastenia and her husband make the decisions concerning this business together and are working towards having a larger and more established shop. Lastenia is grateful to Manuela Ramos for their help, which has allowed her to grow both as a business woman and as a woman.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sara Sultan

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