A loan of $725 helped to buy ingredients such as sugar, corn and coffee. To buy disposable cups.

Elma's story

Elma is 60 years old. She lives in her own home with her 3 grown-up children who work. They all work hard every day to get ahead in life.

This enterprising woman sells drinks according to the season. That is to say, in summer she sells 'chicha morada' (a drink made from purple corn) and fruit juices. In the winter, she sells coffee. She says that she likes her work a lot because she sells her drinks from a table just outside her home, as a street trader, which means that she doesn't have to neglect her housework. What she doesn't like is that she can't sell until very late in the day because she still doesn't have an operating licence for her business. However, she has many plans to improve her business. She would like to adapt an area of her home so that she can sell her products there in a more stable manner.

This is Elma's second loan from MFP and she pledges to make her repayments punctually because she doesn't want to make a bad impression on the people who have made the loan possible as it will allow her to continue working in search of progress.

Elma plans to invest her loan in buying disposable products (different types of cups) as well as ingredients for her drinks such as corn, fruit, sugar and coffee which she needs if she is to continue working without any problems.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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