A loan of $575 helped to purchase the ingredients and supplies to prepare meals.

Jenny's story

Jenny is 41 years old and is a hard-working and earnest woman. She is resolute and cheerful as well. She is separated from the father of her son Joseph, age 7. She lives in her mother's house, along with her mother, her three sisters, one brother-in-law, and her son.

She sells typical foods from the region such as "juanes" (rice wrapped in leaves), and "patarashca" (fish wrapped in leaves). These are very popular dishes for consumption since they are traditional foods from the area, but she also prepares various foods. For this reason, every afternoon she sets up a table at the front of her house where she kindly serves her customers, most of whom are neighbors. She has been doing this work for 2 years, managing to grow her clientele, and up until now doing it alone. She likes her work because it provides income to assist with household expenses, in addition to allowing her to be at home to care for her young son. On the other hand, she does not like it when it rains very often, because it makes sales very slow, but that doesn't discourage her.

This is her third loan with the MFP institution and she is grateful for the financial support that helps her to advance her business. Thus, she agrees to comply with the payment of their fees, as with the previous loans. She also feels comfortable with her group, since she considers the other members responsible and caring people.

With the amount requested, of 1500 nuevos soles (Peruvian currency), she will invest in the purchase of supplies and ingredients needed to prepare her meals. She will seek to vary her menu, including adding new dishes that her customers are requesting.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Debra McMahon

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