A loan of $300 helped to buy merchandise.

Betty's story

Betty is 36 years old, a very hard worker, and lives in her parents' house with her two children, Josué, who is 6 years old and Leydy, who is 13 years old. Her day starts a 6am, when she opens her clothing stall and gets ready to sell her merchandise. Her stall is in Laykakota, a popular market in the city of Puno, and she works at it all day. Every night, when she closes her stall at 9pm, she knows that the next day she will have to work all day again. She has been working in the market for 5 years now and what she likes best about her work is talking to the women who sell things on either side of her, it really makes the day seem shorter. What she likes the least about her work is having to stay at her stall for so long because she is the only one who works there. Even so, she knows that her sacrifices are not in vain - she is working to give her children a brighter future. She also hopes to expand her business into a store, where she could sell a much larger variety of clothes. This is Betty's first loan from MFP and she knows that she must make her payments responsibly. She likes being a member of her communal bank because everyone is cheerful and they always work to be in agreement about all their decisions. Betty will use this loan to buy merchandise, so that she can sell a larger variety of things from her stall.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sara Sultan

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