A loan of $375 helped to buy rice, sugar and oil.

Jesus's story

Jesús is 33, she is a hard working woman in addition to being nice and friendly to other people. She lives with James who is employed and the father of their four children: Billy, James, Johnny and Patrick ages 12, 10, 7 and 2 respectively. Together they live at her sister's house, they have a piece of land they own but they don't live there because it's far.

Jesús sells food like pasta, stews, sodas and "juanes" (like a tamal except made with rice) n the morning at a market location in the city where she gladly serves her customers who visit her daily for the good taste of her meals. She started more than a year ago, self-motivated and with her own capital, to this day she is supported by her sister with whom she shares her earnings. She considers her business to be profitable and it has helped them through many difficult times, even when sometimes she doesn't sell out of food and brings it home to feed her family, this way nothing is wasted.

She decided to get started on this business because she wished to have her own income and not depend only on her significant other, but actually help him with the home expenses and bring a better quality of life to their family, knowing that helping each other they will get ahead easier. This is why, seeing the good results she's had so far, she is saving some earnings to in open a convenience store from her house in the future, and this way be closer to her children during the day. This is her third loan with MFP. She is thankful and happy for knowing that she counts with the financial support to realize her goals. She commits to repay her loan like she has with previous loans. She is also happy with the community bank for the mutual support they give each other. With the amount requested of 1,000 new soles, she will buy ingredients to make food such as rice, sugar oil and others. She will look for low prices to buy in volume and have more profit.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sofia Burt

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