A loan of $1,500 helped to fix the floor; to buy tables, chairs and utensils, and to buy rice, oil, and noodles.

Ysabel's story

Ysabel, age 48, is a hard-working and diligent woman. She is also cheerful and kind. She is separated from the father of her two children, 26 year old Richard and 22 year old Melina. It is for them that she has worked hard to get ahead. She lives comfortably with her children in her own house.

Ysabel’s business is selling food like “juanes”, (similar to tamales, except made with rice and stuffed with fish, chicken, or yucca), grilled fish, tamales, and others. She does this Monday through Friday at night. She tends to her customers in a kind way. She has managed to have her business be well-received and in demand. She sets up in the front of her house with a table and some chairs.

She has had this business for ten years, and she counts on her sister’s help. She started with money from a loan that a relative gave her. She considers her business to be profitable because of the good income it gives her. She manages to sell everything she prepares daily. This is thanks to how well-received her business is with her customers.

She likes to cook, and she learned the secrets of good seasoning from her mother. Her income allows her to pay her bills and her household expenses. She does now like being physically tired. She has to get up very early in the morning to make the daily preparations. However, this does not discourage her, and she continues with her business. She wishes to expand her business and to improve her roof, where she will be able to tend to her customers more comfortably.

This will be her 14th loan with MFP. She is hoping for your collaboration in order to be able to firm up her plans. Also, she says that she is comfortable with her communal bank, and she considers the members to be responsible people. She will use the requested 4,000 soles to fix her floor. She will also buy tables, chairs, and kitchen utensils in order to renovate her equipment. This way she hopes to be more popular with her customers. She will also buy the ingredients she needs to prepare the food. She will buy things like rice, oil, noodles, and others, and she will be looking for low prices.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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