A loan of $400 helped to buy bales of secondhand clothing for her business.

Nena's story

Nena, 57, is a brave, hardworking woman. She has six children and will care for and educate them until they can go off on their own. She lives in her own house with her husband Emilio, 56, who is a teacher. It is Emilio who gives her the strength to keep working toward a better life.

She sells secondhand clothing of all sorts, for women, men, and children. She buys her merchandise by the bale in the market in her city and sells it in the villages and other farflung areas. Her husband, who teaches in one of the villages, inspired her to start the business. Because she has to travel a lot and transport the merchandise by herself, the work can be difficult. She has to give it all her effort. Although she already sells a lot, she would like to increase her income and have a greater volume of sales. That's why she wants to keep working and expand her business.

This will be her twelfth loan with MFP, and she is hoping to be able to pursuing her goals. She is committed once again to making her payments on time, as she did for previous loans. She is also happy to be part of a village bank because all the other members are very friendly, supportive people.

She will use the amount requested—1000 soles—to buy more bundles of secondhand clothing, looking for low prices for her bulk purchases.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Andrea Rosenberg

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