A loan of $375 helped to buy more clothes as well as trays, plates and plastic drinking glasses.


Rosalina's story

Rosalina, 66, is a good, kind and very responsible woman. She’s married but she was divorced many years ago. She’s the mother of seven children who are all now independent adults. She now lives with her new companion who she shares her days with working much and giving each other the support they need to have the life style they deserve. Rosalina’s work consists in selling used clothes and plastic ware. She buys in large quantities and then goes to towns and hamlets along the Ucayali River banks to sell for cash or in exchange for a few animals or products. She’s been in this business seven years and she does it alongside her husband. It’s quite profitable for her to go to the towns along the river to sell because she earns twice what she spends. When she sells for cash she earns less than when she trades for animals because back in the city she doubles or triples the amount. She likes he work very much because she’s always had a free, adventurous spirit. Before starting this work she’d stay home alone because her husband traveled a lot and one day she decided to go with him and not stay home alone. Besides, she always had to depend on her husband’s earnings and now she’s economically independent. Now she wants to maintain the level she’s at and set up a store at home and work just here. This will be MFP loan #14 so she’s hoping for your collaboration to continue with her work. She is a founding member and is always watchful of her fellow members. She commits once again to make her payments like she’s done in previous loans. Because she’s a longstanding member, she’s always watching over the other members to make sure they are punctual and that’s how they have all become very responsible and supportive. She will use the requested 1000 soles to buy more merchandise to sell along the river: second-hand clothing, trays, plates and drinking glasses to take to sell along the river and continue with her work.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz


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