A loan of $1,150 helped to buy ingredients and kitchen utensils.

Marlene's story

Marlene, 63, is a good, kind woman. She’s married and has seven children six of which are independent adults now with their own families. Her 14-year-old daughter still lives with her and is the motive behind her and her husband’s work to provide her with a better quality of life. Her house is her own where four of her children also live but they have their own income and their own lives.

Her work is selling food. Every weekend she sets up on the path alongside her house. She paints her menu on a blackboard offering her products and starts her preparations. She sells a variety of dishes, especially regional ones (‘cecina con tacacho’ [dried, smoked pork with mashed plantain], sausage, ‘juanes’ [a type of tamal made with rice, chicken, olives, and other ingredients and wrapped in banana or bijao leaves], smoked fish, among others). She’s been in this business for two years and her children give her some economic support so that she can do better.

She likes her work very much because she’s in contact with people; she has fun, relaxes and above all generates income for her economy. When she’s asked to, she home delivers meals. She’s doing well and hopes later on to open a restaurant because she has many business expectations.

This is her fourth MFP loan and she’s happy to know that she’ll have financial support to advance with her business. On the other hand, she commits once more to make her installment payments punctually since she does not want to disappoint the members because they are all very punctual.

She will use the requested 3000 soles to buy ingredients and supplies to continue preparing her delicious dishes and also some necessary utensils.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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