A loan of $200 helped to purchase socks, undergarments, shampoo, toilet paper, soap, and other items.

Lucia's story

Lucia is an enterprising woman who is 33 years of age. She is happily married to her husband Johan and they have four beautiful children. Her family lives in their own home in the city of San Ramón, which is located in the central Peruvian jungle. Every Friday during the early morning hours, she sets up a tent in front of the public toilets that are located in a strategic area of the fair that takes place in her city. In this space, Lucia sells undergarments, polo shirts, and trousers since she is also in charge of sanitation. She has operated this business for three years with the help of her children. What she enjoys most is getting to know new customers and recommending clothes for them according to size and age. However, she admits that sometimes she feels disappointed when she does not sell much. Nonetheless she continues to press forward and is always able to sell something without losing any of her investment. For this reason, she considers her business activities to be profitable since they allow her to live comfortably because of the profits they generate. In the future, she hopes to increase the quantity of merchandise in her inventory because she wants to have a store in a stable place. She considers the fairs to be the most profitable locations.

Lucia is a member of the Communal Bank “Gotitas de Rocío” (Little Dewdrops) and this is her sixth loan with MFP. She is very excited about the work that her group has accomplished. In addition, she promises to be punctual with her payments. With the support she will receive, Lucia plans to invest the money she requested in the purchase of socks, undergarments, shampoo, toilet paper, soap, and other items that her customers have requested.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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