A loan of $775 helped to buy a bull as well as sacks of rice and sugar for her grocery store.

Marcelina's story

Marcelina is 46 years old. For the past 20 years, she has lived in the home she inherited from her parents, in the area of Yanamarca. There she has made a family with her spouse Arturo and has two children, Frank and Marisol.

Since she was young, she has worked in agriculture, sowing different products, like potatoes, barley, and vegetables of many types. She has also learned to raise poultry, and now has cows, bulls, sheep, and guinea pigs, with which she has had good returns. She buys them at a lower price, then spends a few months caring for them, feeding them, and giving them good nutrition so they will be healthy, and then she goes to sell them at a better price in the markets which happen on Sundays in the city, or at times the butchers come to her house for them.

About four years ago, she also opened a small grocery store in her home, where she sells food staples, vegetables, and meats, and she has many customers and hopes in a few months to stock her store with more products and thereby satisfy her consumers. "They need to find everything they ask for when they come into my store," she says.

She is a member of the community bank “Corazón de Jesús” and this will be her fifth loan through MFP. She really likes the work that she does with the association, since she receives support from the other members, who look out for the welfare of each and every member. "At each meeting we always contribute our funds responsibly," she notes.

Marcelina will invest the money from her loan in buying a bull, and if there is enough left over she will stock her grocery store with sacks of rice and sugar as well.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Elizabeth Mount

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