A loan of $775 helped to purchase two shelves to exhibit the products in her store as well as more merchandise to have in stock.

Lorena's story

Lorena is 41 years old. She is a hardworking woman who is eager to get ahead. She is married to Salaquiel, with whom she has two children who are 9 and 2. They live in their own home, which they bought through their mutual effort.

Lorena’s business is the sale of grocery staples, accessories, medicines and other items. She installed her store in a space set up in her home. She opened it more than two years ago with her own capital and then continued growing through loans from MFP. When she is away from home, she relies on her sister-in-law’s help in waiting on her customers. Lorena also hires her to care for her young son. She considers that her business is profitable since she has a loyal customer base. The problem is when it rains incessantly because it hinders free movement, making access to her home difficult and this causes sales to drop. However this does not discourage her.

This is her third loan from MFP therefore she expects to continue meeting her objectives. She notes, in addition, that she is comfortable with her communal bank since she considers it to be a united group and she has found the members to be supportive.

She will invest the loan of S/. 2,000 in the purchase of merchandise for her store. She will also buy two glass shelves, a small one valued at S/. 70 and a larger one valued at S/. 450..

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Diane Chaney

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