A loan of $400 helped to buy additional products with which to stock her grocery store, such as rice, sugar, eggs, pasta, vegetables, fruits, and other items.


Zulita's story

Zulita is 39 years old and is an enterprising woman who loves to work. Together with her partner she has three children ages 18, 15, and the last is two months old. They live together in the home they built through years of hard work, effort, and savings. She works selling groceries and basic necessities. Every day, starting very early, she opens the doors of her store to attend to her customers who come all the way to her store with the confidence that there they will find what they need. Her shop is the most well stocked in her neighborhood, and her clients never hesitate to buy from her, not only for that reason but also because of the quality of the brands that she offers and her cordial and friendly service. She remembers that when she started out in this business she did not have a lot of products to offer and so could not make good sales during the day; however, she sought a solution, saved up a little capital, and gradually was able to put together her small store. Now sales are going very well for her. She has been in this business for two years and always has the help of her spouse. What she enjoys most about her work is conversing with her customers and watching them start the day with a smile. The most difficult thing about her work is getting up early to open the shop and balancing this with the care of her young baby, though when she feels tired she knows that this is her work and that it has to get done. For this reason she hopes her business will grow and provide her better income. This is her first loan with MFP and she is very grateful knowing that she has financial assistance and can thus feel more confident moving forward with her business. She also pledges to make punctual payments of her dues. She is happy to belong to her community bank, as all of its members are very responsible and caring. With the money requested (S/. 1000), she will buy additional products with which to stock her grocery store, such as rice, sugar, eggs, pasta, vegetables, fruits, and other items.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer JOHN NELSON


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