A loan of $750 helped to buy rice, oil, and perishable goods, as well as materials to set up a restaurant in her home.

Flor's story

Flor, 53, is a hard-working and dedicated woman. She is a widow and she lives with her 27 year-old son. They live comfortably in their own house that Flor bought with her deceased husband. Flor sells food, especially lunch, to workers at a business near her house. She prepares the food in her home and then brings it to the business at their break hour. She came to win the workers' favor with her good flavors. People recommended her to others and after a time, she had developed regular customers. Flor has been running this business for over ten years and up to this point, her son has been her greatest support. He helps deliver the food once it's prepared and helps bring in new customers.

Flor likes this business because it generates good income and allows her to have a job and to feel like a productive person. She also comments that thanks to this work, she has been able to support her household after being widowed. She considers her business to be profitable because of the good earnings she's left with. Therefore, Flor plans to continue with her business and to open a restaurant in her house in the future. This will be her 15th loan through MFP. She is hoping for a small loan so that she can meet her objectives. Meanwhile, she comments that she feels pleased with her communal bank because she considers it to be a united and supportive group.

Flor will invest the requested 2,000 nuevos soles in the purchase of necessary ingredients for preparing her dishes, such as rice, oil, and other ingredients. She hopes to obtain the lowest prices by purchasing in volume. With the other part of the money, she will buy materials to set up a restaurant in her home.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Katie Kavanagh

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