A loan of $725 helped tO BUY SUMMER CLOTHES TO SELL.


Gladys's story

Gladys is 54, widowed for many years, and lives in her own house with her 3 children and her grandson Fabricio. For more than 12 years she has dedicated herself to selling clothes and plastic glasses, and her principal goal has been to advance her children. She has succeeded. Today, her sons are grown men and they help her cover household expenses. Moreover, she no longer expends as much energy as before lugging heavy bags hanging from her shoulders. Now, she just has to attend to the orders of her customers. Thus, she has more free hours to care for her grandchild, who is her pride and joy. What she likes best about her business is that it generates earnings that help to cover the costs of necessities for her home. In the future, she hopes to have her business in her own home so that she can have a much more tranquil life. This is her 17th loan with MFP, and she knows that if she pays on time, she will have access to others with greater confidence, and without creating complications for her communal group. With this loan, she will buy summer clothing and, in this manner, increment her stock of products.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Harold Dana Sims, PhD


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