A loan of $575 helped to buy fruit from the Amazon.

Arturo's story

Arturo, 47, is a hard-working, persevering man who is also caring and kind. He is married to Belén who helps him with their business and is the mother of three children. They live together comfortably in his mother-in-law's house, together with his brothers and sisters-in-law. Arturo sells softdrinks and pulp nectar from Amazon fruits such as cocona, camu camu and others. He used his savings to buy the equipment he uses which is set up at his in-laws' house, where he does not have to pay rent, and where he attends to his customers.

He began the business with a loan and his own capital five years ago, but due to lack of capital was unable to industrialize his product. So he does business informally with his wife's help regarding employee attention and management. He enjoys his business because it allows him to provide a better lifestyle for his small children who he loves very much. The income also covers household expenses. What he does not like is the rain because it makes selling his products difficult. He depends on the climate as far as sales are concerned, but this does not affect his plans to increase beverage product variety and set up a company where he can be a prosperous business owner.

This is his third loan through MFP and he is hoping a small loan will help him meet his goals. He is comfortable with his communal bank because all the members are responsible and caring. The 1,500 PEN loan will be used to buy Amazon fruits to make different flavors and vary his stock, paying cash to get discount rates.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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