A loan of $750 helped buy more products for her snacks, fruit, and drinks stand.

Elena's story

Elena is 23 years old, a determined woman, amiable and very hard-working. Her husband, for 5 years now, is William, who is 28 years old. They a 3-year-old daughter named Jeslyn. At present, they live in her mother-in-law's house, where they share the joy of raising and educating their daughter and make all their efforts and sacrifices to offer her a better quality of life.

Elena's business is selling sweets, fruit, drinks, and other products requested by children at a school. She has a small stand in front of the school in the zone where she lives, and there she works from 8:00 am until 6:00 pm, when the students enter, enjoy recess, and depart. During the hours of less public traffic, she cares for her daughter, providing all the attention appropriate to her young age. Elena considers having to remain under the hot sun all day to be the most difficult aspect of her work. She has been doing this a little over 6 years, working alone, while her husband works in his motor car.

Elena enjoys her work because it gives her the liberty to do other activities, such as, for example, studying. She has finished her studies in Nursing Technology and she is en route to obtaining her professional title in order to become a nurse. With her current income she wants to establish a sweets store, taking advantage of all her work since the beginning. She is very proud of all the satisfaction it has brought her. She hopes to reach her goal and continue on the road to success and prosperity for the good of her family.

This is Elena's 7th loan with MFP, and she is grateful to all who support this loan and make possible her continuation towards her objectives. In addition, she is committed, once again, to pay punctually, as she has with previous loans. And Elena is very content to belong to her communal bank, since all the members are very good, kind, and supportive.

With the solicited amount (2,000 new sols), she will purchase a larger quantity of sweets, fruit, and other products consumed by the children, and in this manner, Elena hopes to maintain a stable income.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Harold Dana Sims, PhD

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