A loan of $375 helped to buy sweets and beer for her store, and also to buy tables and chairs for her catering business.

Norma's story

Norma, 50, is married to Ervin, who is 55. They have 3 children, but live only with one of them: Lisbet, 4, who they are educating and raising in their own home in the town of Puente Paucartambo (in the central Peruvian jungle.) Two years ago Norma lost her house to a flood (resulting from an overflow of water and mud from an adjacent river.) Thanks to the humanitarian work of members of her communal bank, she was able to get through this. She has a business selling soft drinks and beer in a small store that she set up in her house. According to Norma, the days when her earnings are highest are Saturdays and Sundays. But this is not Norma's only business. Since she is a good cook, the teachers at the only school in her town hired her to prepare food for them on a daily basis, because most of them live in rented homes in another town. Also, when Norma has free time she works with her husband on the farm, planting and harvesting coffee at one point in the year, to later sell to the wholesalers in the city of La Merced.

Norma's businesses and other activities are going very well, so in the future she is planning to convert her business selling drinks into a restaurant where she could sell the food that she knows how to prepare. Norma belongs to the communal bank "Luz del Futuro" and this is her 9th loan with MFP; she expects that this small loan from you will help her to achieve these goals. She promises again to make her payments as scheduled, as she did with her previous loans. In addition, she is grateful to be a part of her communal bank because all of the members are responsible and cooperative people. Norma will invest the proceeds of this loan in the purchase of candy and beer to stock her food store, and she will also be buying tables and chairs for her meal service business.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar

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