A loan of $600 helped to stock his catering business.

Fortin's story

Fortin, 36, is a friendly man, enterprising and hard-working. His wife, Lupe, has a retail business. The couple have 2 children: Ibet, 10, and Junis, 6. The family own the house where they live, a house they worked hard to pay for.

Fortin operates a liquor and soft drinks sales business. He has a small bar, in a well-trafficked part of the city, that he is slowly expanding on a plot of land that he owns. He has operated the business for 9 months and says that he is satisfied with his progress. His wife helps him with the business. He wants to better provide for his family and says that they are the reason that he works hard. The bar isn't his only business. He also has a broom-making business and, if that and the bar weren't enough, a carwash that he operates next to the bar. He sold used merchandise before and saved enough to start the first of his string of businesses. He has grown bit by bit, always with the goal of making a better life for his family. He likes being his own boss, he says, even though it's been difficult at times. Competition from other similar businesses has led him to wonder if he could go on, but he always perservered, carried on by the love and support of his family. This is Fortin's 3rd MFP loan and he says that he is grateful for your support. He wants to thank the staff of the bank and the other members of his community bank, as well, for their support. Fortin will use this 1500 new soles loan to stock his bar with beer and soft drinks. He also wants to buy a hose and detergents for his carwash business.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jere Wiseman

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