A loan of $775 helped to buy cassava root and pay transportation costs.

Olga's story

Olga, 43, is an enterprising, dynamic, very creative woman. She’s a single mother of a 13-year-old boy who is the reason for all her effort and sacrifice because his education and food depends on her. She has her own house where she lives with her father and her son.

Olga’s work consists in selling cassava root but her main income comes from selling it transformed into cassava flour, ‘fariña,’ which is a regional product that’s widely consumed in the region. To make it one needs a large amount of cassava root in order to produce a good number of kilos of fariña. When cassava root is seasonally scarce she buys this raw material in sacks at wholesale in the main markets and depending on the amount she’s able to buy she might resell it or use it to make fariña. Sometimes she gets orders from other cities and transports her merchandise in 50-kilo sacks.

She’s been in this business 7 years and works alone; since she has experience doing it she always obtains good product. What she likes best about her work is that she does not have a work schedule that’s determined by others; she herself organizes her agenda as she sees fit thus sharing her time with her father and son. She knows that her customers like what she sells so she strives to obtain good products. She’s doing well so she hopes later on to expand the business and sell other regional products that are in high demand by residents of her region.

This is her 4th MFP loan and she’s very excited and grateful for the economic backup she’s being offered to continue with her plans. She does not want to miss repaying it for lack of money so she commits to being very punctual and above all responsible. She’s very happy to continue in this group because they are very responsible and kind. She will use the requested 2,000 soles to buy more cassava root to continue with her work; she will also use it to travel to other cities to negotiate more sales.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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