A loan of $575 helped to purchase sodas, sweets, boxes or crates of fruit and sandwich-making supplies.

Aurelia's story

Aurelia is 62 years old and is married to Elías, with whom she has 6 children. Only the youngest still lives with them; he is 19 years old. Aurelia, her husband and their son live together in their own home in the San Ramón District of Chanchamayo Province. Tireless and full of energy, Aurelia says that she started her businesses as a young woman. Now that she is 62 years old, she makes her living with a small business run out of her home. There, she sells sweets, sodas, foodstuffs and cold beverages.
In the afternoons, she makes sandwiches and kebabs. She has been operating this business for about 30 years, and it is going very well for her. As with all businesses, there are always times when sales go down, for example in the months of January and February. But when classes start up again, the concurrence of people increases, and with that her sales increase.
Elías is a man who worked hard in his younger years. He now receives retirement and can live peacefully. That is how this family lives. Aurelia hopes to expand her business, to purchase more merchandise to supply her demanding clientele. This is the first time Aurelia will access a loan from MFP. She promises to be punctual in the re-payment of her loan. She also says that she feels happy to belong to her recent communal bank “Puente Centenario” (100-year Old Bridge).
With the money, Aurelia will be able to acquire more merchandise, such as sodas, sweets, boxes or crates of fruit and sandwich-maknig supplies.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Marni Siegal

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