A loan of $1,125 helped to purchase pipes, pay for electricity, and repair the water pump.


Janet's story

Janet is a hard-working, dedicated 42 year old woman. She enjoys challenges and her greatest desire is to succeed and be happy. She is separated from her children’s father and lives in her own home with her two children (ages 20 and 23), her daughter-in-law, and her granddaughter. Janet sells water for household use and has a tube well from which she extracts the water. After seeing that her neighbors needed water because they didn’t have this basic service, she decided to provide it. Initially, she was selling it to them in buckets, but then they decided to install small pipe networks for more convenience. She has been providing this service to her neighbors for more than ten years and her children help her to maintain the networks. She likes her business because of the income and she enjoys helping fulfill the need for water in her neighbors’ homes. She feels that her business is profitable because it provides constant, steady monthly income. After seeing the profits derived from it, she plans to continue this business. She also plans to engage in another business, such as selling spare parts for motorcycles, and thus generate more income. This will be her thirteenth loan with the MFP institution. She is very happy to know that she will have financial support as this will enable her to feel secure in moving her business forward. In addition, she says that she feels comfortable with her communal bank because she knows her members and regards them as responsible and friendly people. With the 3000 nuevos soles that she is requesting, she will invest in the maintenance and replacement of the pipe networks, as well as pay for electricity and repair the water pump in order to provide good service.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Eleanor Francoletti-Putz


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