A loan of $725 helped to bo buy new display cases and to open her new pastry shop.

Celia's story

Celia, age 42, is a very happy and hard-working woman. She lives in a rented house with her 47 year old husband, Luis, and their two cherished children. Luis manages the business, and their children are the motivation for all of their efforts.

Celia’s business, La Estancia, is one of the most well-known and busiest pastry shops in the city of Tarma. She sells delicious cakes and pastries in order to have more customers than her competition. She learned pastry making from her parents who had an oven. They made bread and cakes, which they sold in Tarma.

Celia also has a pizza stand, which generates good income. What she likes most about her work is decorating the cakes. She has a lot of patience doing this, and it shows in the beautiful decorations that she makes. She has had this business for seven years. The most difficult part is working all night to complete the orders that she has.

In a few months she plans to open a new pastry shop in another busy place in the city. This is her fifth loan with MFP. She has always been punctual with her payments, and she plans to make her payments on time now as well. She is a very responsible member of her communal bank; therefore she is well-liked. She will use the 2,000 soles that she is requesting to buy new display cases and to open her new pastry shop.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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