A loan of $375 helped to buy more wholesale drinks.

Leilita's story

Leilita is 64 years of age and is married to Raúl, who is a fisherman and father to their five children. She lives with her husband and 29-year-old son, as her other children are adults and independent.

Leilita works selling cold drinks, and she has a refrigerator which she bought with the help of her husband. She started five years ago buying small quantities of a single brand, and put a notice on the door of her house to advertise her business. Over time, she became well-known in her neighborhood. She has now increased and varied her stock of products by buying larger quantities, and to date has run her business herself.

Leilita thinks that her business is profitable as she has a lot of demand because the area has a very hot climate. She likes her job, as it allows her to work at home and gives her financial income, as well as free time to carry out other activities. What she doesn’t like, however, is when it rains continuously, as this lowers her sales. This doesn’t put her off though, and she continues with her business, as she knows that it doesn’t incur losses and she has regular customers who buy her products on a regular basis.

This is Leilita’s third loan with the MFP institution, and she hopes to meet her goals. She also says that she feels happy with her communal bank, as she knows her colleagues and thinks that they are responsible people. She has requested 1,000 nuevos soles, which she will use to buy a larger volume of sodas at lower prices, looking for a variety of flavors and brands to satisfy her customers’ tastes.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Paul Lambert

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