A loan of $1,125 helped to buy a variety of drinks with which to stock her business, and to refurbish her sales location.

Merci's story

Merci is 39 years old. She is a kind and enterprising woman who really enjoys being active. She works hard in order to provide her four children with a better quality of life. Merci lives in her own home together with her 49-year-old partner Alcides, the father of her children. Merci's business is selling drinks from a small but very well-stocked diner. During the day her business is very busy owing to the intensity of the heat in her area which means her customers request refreshing drinks. Merci's business is located inside her home which she fixed up so that she could serve her customers. Her partner helps her in the business. Merci feels that her business is doing well because when she started out ten years ago she sold very little as she only sold soda. Over time, she started selling other types of drinks, which allowed her to make more profits. Merci hopes to expand her business and so continue making progress.

This will be Merci's fourth loan from MFP. She is very happy to know that she will receive financial support so that she can continue in her work and thereby improve her capital. Merci pledges to once more make her repayments on time as she did with her previous loans. She will use her 3,000 soles to buy more drinks so that she can continue making her sales. She will also make some improvements to her sales premises.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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