A loan of $1,125 helped buy more fresh fish.

Luzdina's story

Forty-one year old Luzdina, is a woman who eagerly wants to progress in her life, furthermore she is happy and sociable and likes running a business. She is separated from the father of her four children who are: Rocío, 22; Nara, 20; Mayra, 16 and Christian, 14; All of them live comfortably in her house, which she bought with much effort.

Luzdina sells fresh fish in the mornings. She starts at daybreak, by going to the fish market to buy directly from the fishermen. Later, she takes the fish to her own fish stand in the Bellavista market, where she prepares them for sale. She gives her customers very good service, knowing that in this way, they will keep buying from her in the future.

She began more than four years ago with her own capital, seeing that it would be easy to start and that there was enough demand. Seeing the rotation and increasing her capital each day, because she generally sells what she brings to the market and up til now, her oldest daughters occasionally help her in the market. Before she started her business, she had economic problems because she had separated from the father of her children and needed to have an income because the pension she received for her children was not enough, so she decided to start selling fish.

Seeing the good results she has had, she hopes to grow her business and increase her capital. This is will be her seventh loan with MFP. She is grateful to know that she can count on the financial support to advance her business plans. On the other hand, she feels comfortable with her communal bank and she considers it a unified and supportive group. The loan requested is 3,000 nuevos soles and she will invest it in the purchase of wholesale fresh fish and will seek it for lower prices. Furthermore, she would like to arrange her house to be able to open another business, a grocery store.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Michelle Burns

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