A loan of $225 helped to buy fish and fruit for resale.

Mirna's story

Mirna, 46, is a good woman--she is an exemplary and courageous mother. She is separated from her husband, with whom she had five children, who got ahead thanks to their daily efforts and sacrifice. Three of her children are already grown up, while two of them are minors and depend on her. She lives in her own house with her youngest children and an older daughter, who is the single mother of a five-year-old boy. Mirna sells fresh fish. She goes to the port early in the morning to find the freshest and fattest fish. It's a long walk, and sometimes she doesn't get there in time, so she has to go to the nearest city market to buy her fish. From there, she goes to her house, where she sets out a little table and starts selling. She has been doing this work for a year, as before this, she did a variety of jobs, but they did not give her enough time with her children. She likes the fact that her work allows her to be home most of the time, plus she has free time in the afternoons to do other things. In addition, she is earning well.

In the future, she would like to have a shop in her own home so she can earn more. This will be her first loan with microfinance partner MFP. She is pleased to have this investment opportunity, and it is giving her the confidence to show how good and responsible she is. With the funding, she will buy a greater quantity of fish to keep in her freezer and will not waste time and money traveling every day. She will also buy some fruit to start selling from her house.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ross Forman

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