A loan of $375 helped to buy more fish and trays and other supplies.

Zoila's story

Zoila, 37, is a good, kind woman. She’s married and has five children two of which are already independent adults and three minors who are 11 and 7 years old and a 9-month-old. They depend on her and her husband to have a better quality of life.

Zoila’s work consists in selling fish. She goes out every day at 4am to seek out the best products to then head for the streets in the city to sell this food. When she started out with her work she remembers that she did it with a small tray that only held 10 kilos. Since then she’s grown quite a bit and now sells trays full with about 120 kilos during the day. She’s been in business six years and has the satisfaction of selling a lot.

She does all her work alone though sometimes gets help from her children. She started this business needing to earn better income for her family and thanks to much effort was able to consolidate herself into one of the most sought after fish sellers in the street because her customers wait for her daily to buy her fresh fish. She hopes to continue to grow more and move her sales into her house.

This will be MFP loan #3. She’s happy to know that she’ll have financial support because she’ll feel sure to get ahead with her business this way. Besides, she’s very committed once more to make her installment payments like she did with her previous loan. She will use the requested amount to buy more products to continue with her sales as well as to renew and replace some of the materials she uses in her work.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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