A loan of $1,125 helped to buy sacks of peas, olluco and potatoes.

Norma's story

Norma, 44, divorced the father of her 7 children four years ago. She lives in her sister’s house with three of her children since two of them are studying in Lima and the rest of them work in Chile.

Norma is a woman who knows how to do a little bit of everything. She started out weaving and making crafts. Later she opened a small store which is currently pretty neglected and almost empty. In addition to this, during the evenings she sells “salchipapas” (fried potatoes with fried sausages) outside her house. She is aware that her money does not stretch far enough so she also works in a villa cooking for athletes and earning a monthly salary. On the other hand, thanks to experiences of her friends and neighbors she knows that selling vegetables is profitable. She plans to buy peas, olluco [a tuber] and potatoes at wholesale to sell in the city of Lima. The main problem she’s faced throughout these years of non-stop struggle is the lack of capital to stock her store. Later on, following a recommendation from a cousin, she plans to travel to Spain to work there and send back money to her children; she will save up the necessary money for this.

This will be the first time that Norma accesses an MFP loan so she is excited since her plans are defined and she wants to make them a reality. She needs your help. Norma will use the money to buy sacks of peas, ollucos and potatoes as well as pay to transport them to Lima and thus start a new business.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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