A loan of $1,325 helped to buy food items with which to supply her food stall.

Vanesa's story

Vanesa is 33 years old, and is a friendly and hardworking woman. She has lived in her own house for the past 8 years along with her husband Henry, aged 36, and her two beloved children: Rosa, age 15, and Jorge, who is 3 years old, to whom she hopes to give a better quality of life.

She is a woman who really likes to work and she feels a great affection for the sales of regional food dishes; this is a work she has been doing for the past year, but for reasons of sickness and a medical prescription, she had to stop doing so. However, she has been surprisingly able to start another business in her home village. She began selling groceries, vegetables, plantains, meats, and other staples. Additionally, she sells sodas, ice, and ice creams, with which she is also able to make money for food and to pay some of her own daily expenses; while her spouse also brings in money working as a rickshaw driver.

What she most likes about her job is that it does not demand much effort and that she can remain at in one place, maintaining her health, and she likes the pace at which her grocery stall business is growing. Over time, she hopes to get the money together to be able to have a warehouse that would allow her to maintain her current customer base and at the same time to increase the quantity and variety of goods from what she currently sells.

This is her sixth credit with MFP, and she is very happy to know that she has a financial support, since this makes her feel more secure in advancing her business prospects. As with the previous loans, she promises again to be punctual in her payments, just as she has done before. She is very pleased to be a part of the community bank and thinks all the members are very responsible and supportive.

With the amount asked for (S/. 3500) she will buy more food items with which to stock her food stall, like some types of sodas and ice cream.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Elizabeth Mount

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