A loan of $750 helped to buy more chickens as well as items of clothing to include in her sales.

Jessica's story

Jessica, 36 years old, is a hard working, persevering woman. Apart from being happy and friendly, she is separated from the father of her children. She lives together with her eight year old son, and is both mother and father to him, living in her own house. Jessica makes a living selling live chickens. For this she buys them from the poultry farmers who raise them and she takes them in cages to sell them by the river. She has to make short journeys by boat along the river, to reach the hamlets on the banks of the river, to sell them to the inhabitants of these places.

She has made a living in this business for the last eight years. She is well known by the inhabitants of the area who wait for her products, as she is the only one who comes. She likes her business as it allows her to receive an economic income as well as making journeys and visiting new places. As well as being profitable due to the price that she sells at in these areas. On the other hand, she doesn't like the fact that some of her chickens die on the journey which cause her some loss. But she is not discouraged by this and wishes to continue in her business and also extend it by taking other products with her, such as clothing to sell.

This will be her 14th loan with MFP. Therefore, she requests a small loan to be able to fulfil her objectives. Apart from this she is happy with her communal bank as she appreciates the help she is receiving to move forward with her business. With the requested amount of 2000 PEN she will invest in buying supplies such as clothing and chickens to take them to the hamlets along the banks of the river.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Laura Darby

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