A loan of $375 helped to buy products she needs to prepare her food and to buy paint to improve her premises.

Trinidad's story

41-year-old Trinidad is a single woman with two children aged 16 and 7. They live in their own home in San Juan Centro Autiki, in Pichanaki district, Chanchamayo.

Trinidad is a meticulous woman when it comes to carrying out her household chores. She decided to start work preparing meals and selling them in a restaurant that she set up in her home. She has been in this business for more than five years. She started out selling sweet treats and soda but, thanks to the coordinated work of MFP and her own efforts, she now has tables and chairs which allow her to serve her customers comfortably.

"I sell breakfasts, lunches and dinners from Monday to Sunday", she says. Trinidad works all week long because she knows that this way she will be able to achieve her goals. On weekends her work is more difficult as she prepares special dishes such as 'tacacho con cecina' (a traditional rainforest dish made from plantains and cured meat), chicken soups, freshwater fish prepared in different ways (fried, grilled, battered and fried, etc.) Her customers already know her and are loyal to the flavor of her food. What's more, they are the ones who decide what she should prepare each day. She is happy with her business because her customers visit her, she is able to chat to them and they become friends.

This will be Trinidad's eighth loan from MFP. She says that she will make her monthly repayments on time as she has in the past. "Flor de San Juan" is the name of her community bank. She is very committed to her group and trusts the other members. Trinidad will invest her loan money in buying supplies and ingredients for preparing her food. She will also be able to paint the walls of her premises to improve her business' image.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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