A loan of $1,150 helped to buy more fish, in greater quantities and variety.

Gemima's story

Gemima is thirty-six years old; she is a very generous, nice and hardworking woman. Her husband's name is Cesar: he is the father of both her sons, who are sixteen and nine years old. Gemima's business is selling fresh fish. She starts work very early in the morning at the fishing docks, where she buys fish that she then sells retail in the very same harbour. As a street vendor, she has a loudspeaker to attract people's attention. Her first business was selling sweets and candy, but thanks to what she earned with it and a loan with field partner MFP, she was able to start selling fish. She has been doing this for five years and her husband helps her. She considers it a profitable business because she can earn an income working only for half of the day. She dedicates the other half to taking care of her family. This is her ninth loan with field partner MFP and she feels very happy knowing that she has financial backing, since it gives her the security of being able to continue working without worrying. Furthermore, she is very happy with the communal bank she belongs to, since all its members are very responsible people who stick together. With this 3,000 soles loan, she will buy more fish, in greater quantities and variety, because she thinks that the more varied her stock, the greater her sales and her income.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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