A loan of $875 helped increase her merchandise.

Melinda's story

Melinda is a very kind 31 year old woman, who lives very happily with her husband (Egiberto), who is 41 years old. This couple has five beautiful and mischievous children: Andrea (13), Luz (11), James (9), Michael (6), and Junely (4), and they are also expecting their sixth child and Melinda is already six months pregnant. Since their family is large, her husband not only works in his fields, but he also helps with the housework, since they both want to advance so their children have a better life.

On the other hand, Melinda has worked for four years selling firewood. She began this activity by chance, as one day one of her neighbors (who works in this industry) had to travel suddenly and sold her remaining wood to Melinda so that she could use it in her home. But a few days later some of the neighbors customers came to buy firewood and upon finding the saleswoman absent, Melinda offered to sell them the wood she had in the house. In this way she began with this profitable business. Although she works alone because her husband leaves very early in the morning, she has the help of her eldest children who want to help her. Since Melinda is an industrious woman, she has thought about growing her business and hiring another person to help her.

This is the seventh loan that she's had with MFP and she is ready to pay on time, as always, every one of her repayments, since she wants to advance and knows that to do so she must be responsible. On the other hand, she is satisfied with the work of her community bank because her friends are very organized and hard working. With the money she seeks she will buy more firewood to expand her business as she has had great demand.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Michelle Harrison

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