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The only way Alejandrina Flores could manage to feed her six children was to do without herself. She had lost her job because illness meant she had too many days off work, and then her husband left her.
She attempted to set up a business for herself, making dolls, characters from Peruvian culture, but couldn't earn enough to put food on the table. Then she heard about a micro-finance organisation, Pro Mujer, which not only gave small loans but coaching for starting or expanding a business. She joined up, received the training and drafted a business plan. She was given a loan to buy the materials she needed.
Now her earnings have almost tripled she can support her family. One day she hopes to have her own store.
Women are outstanding poverty-fighters in the world of micro-finance. When a woman receives a small loan to start a business, she is more likely to invest the business profits to better her children’s nutrition, health, and education.