A loan of $400 helped to buy ingredients for her food and condiments.

Rogelia's story

Rogelia, 28, is a hard-working woman who is determined to get ahead. Her husband, Guzmar, works in civil construction and is the father of her two children, Susana, 7, and Carlos, 5 months.

She prepares and sells spices and condiments, a trade she learned from her mother. She makes delicious prepared items for stews and other meals. She makes it all at home and sells it at a stall in her local market. She started four years ago with a personal loan, and sold in small quantities. Now she has been able to grow her business into something she believes is profitable. She enjoys her work since she can earn her own income and help her husband cover their minor children's expenses. It allows her to stay busy, since she was unable to finish her education.

This is her third loan through the MFP institution and she is grateful for the opportunity to have this line of credit to reach her goals. She is happy in her communal bank because she knows most of the members and considers them to be responsible and supportive.

She plans to use the 1,000 PEN loan to buy ingredients for her spice business, such as condiments and vegetables. She will also buy groceries for her stand.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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