A loan of $275 helped to buy rice, sugar, eggs, and other products for her store.

Sandra's story

Sandra is 22 years old, and at such a young age she is an earnest and hard-working entrepreneur. 6 years ago she moved with Frank into her own home that she received as a gift from her parents. They don't have children yet, but she is 3 months pregnant and since she received this great news, her desires to progress and carve out a better living have gotten stronger because of the love that will come into her life.

She sells a variety of items and has a small store inside her home where she offers different groceries such as rice, milk, sugar, oil, eggs, potatoes and vegetables. Her charisma and her cheerfulness are exactly the qualities needed to properly serve her customers. She always smiles and speaks with kind words to everyone that visits her store. She has worked at this job for about a year. However, in order to succeed in starting her own store, she first had to struggle and save money for many months.

She had worked for 5 years selling wood, but because of the great physical strain required to work there, she chose to dedicate herself to her current work, which is a better option for her. She works alone in her store while her partner works for himself in a trade. He likes what he does because his income covers theirs expenses and provides them with peace and quiet to meet their basic needs. Furthermore, because of Frank's work, Sandra doesn't need to worry and for now she can be content in her pregnancy. She hopes to be able to build her business and eventually build a bigger store.

This is her first loan from MFP and she is very happy to know that she has financial support and she will feel more secure to move ahead with her work. She promises to comply with the payment terms and be punctual with payments. She is satisfied with her community bank since all of its members are responsible and caring people.

With this loan (700 soles) she will buy more products for her store, such as rice, sugar, eggs, and other necessary items that she previous couldn’t sell because she was not able to buy them due to a lack in capital.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Andrea Connelly

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