A loan of $375 helped to purchase more chickens.

Monica's story

Mónica is 42 years old and is a hard-working and happy woman with a strong desire to make progress. She is married to Dante, and they live with their two children, ages 12 and 7, in a home they own. Mónica makes a living selling chicken. She gets up at dawn and goes to the farms where they raise chickens and where she can buy them at the lowest prices. She then takes them to her home and prepares them for sale. She has a table set up in front of her home for this task, cordially and amicably tending to her customers and selling clean, well-prepared chicken. Most of her customers are her neighbors, and she has served them for the past seven years. During all this time she has counted on the support of her husband during his free time, but generally she does the work alone. What she likes most about her work is being able to count on income that she can use to cover household expenses and the education of her children, for whom she loves deeply and wants to provide a better quality of life. What she doesn't like about her job is late payments by her customers when she sells on credit, but it does not discourage her and she is always on the lookout for good customers since they are the sustenance of her business. She has plans to build a shed and raise chickens there. This will be her first loan with Kiva partner MFP, and she is grateful to be able to count on the financial support so she can advance her business. For this reason, she promises to make her payments on time, as she has done with previous loans. She enjoys being part of her community bank since she considers her fellow members to be responsible people with solidarity. She is requesting the loan so she can invest in the purchase of more chickens to then prepare and sell.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Marty Greenstein

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