A loan of $350 helped to increase merchandise (buy more traditional Peruvian skirts).


Yolanda's story

Yolanda, 44 years old, is a mother and a cheerful go-getter. She lives in her own home with her 3 children: Cristian, who is 12, Gonzalo, who is 10, and Gino, who is 3 years old. They are the motivation for all of her efforts. She has a business selling traditional Peruvian skirts called "polleras." Her store is located in the Tupac Amaru market, (an important market in the city of Juliaca), and it is very busy due to the colorful models sold, her great personality as a saleswoman, and her low prices. What she likes most about her work is to chat with the neighboring tradespeople about the things happening in the market. She has been carrying out this activity for 8 years, and what she finds most difficult is bringing the polleras from the city of Desaguadero (an area bordering Bolivia,) because it is a long and tiring journey. Over time, she hopes to have a bigger store where she can sell her garments in greater comfort. This is her 6th loan with MFP. She is very pleased to have this credit opportunity, and she is prepared to make her payments on time. In her communal bank she has been well-received by the other members, which makes her feel very happy. With the 1,000 Peruvian soles requested, she will buy more skirts to better stock her store.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar


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