A loan of $375 helped to buy a variety of hats in different designs to stock her business.

Sonia's story

21-year-old Sonia is a young woman with a lot of ambition. She cares for her young daughter, Asumi, on her own. She looks after her, with a lot of love, in her aunt's house which is located in the small village of Conopa. Sonia's main feature is the smile that lights up her face. She is a responsible woman who has a lot of courage. Her mother died when she was 18 years old and Sonia started growing crops on the farmland that she inherited. There she grows quinoa and linseed in large quantities. She tells us that she has eight plots of land. After she harvests her crops, she sells them to the wholesalers in Acostambo. At the same time, she also raises pigs and sheep which she fattens so that she can later sell their meat for a higher price. However, the business that makes her the most money is selling traditional hats in the different street markets in the city. She says that she earns, on average, 10 soles for each hat she sells. Her goal is to sell more hats. "I have to cover all the markets" she says, as in this way she will become well known and will gain new customers.

Sonia belongs to the 'Conopa' community bank and this is her second loan from MFP. She is very happy to know that she will have financial support as this makes her feel certain that she will make progress. For her part, she pledges to be punctual in making her loan repayments. With your help, Sonia will invest the money she has requested in buying several hats with which to stock her business.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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