A loan of $400 helped to buy candies, cornflakes and gum, plastic jugs and buckets.

Flora's story

62-year-old Flora is a tenacious, entrepreneurial woman who has been a very hard worker since she was young. She works non stop every day and always has reasons to keep going. She has been a widow for many years but she has five children who were the fruit of her love. Flora lives in her own home together with two grandchildren who are 19 years old and 11 years old. She has brought them up since they were very young and works hard every day for them, in order to provide for them.

Flora's business is selling candies. She has a tabletop on which she places all kinds of sweet treats such as chocolate, cookies, candies, gum and other snacks. She works near a very busy leisure center and fortunately she always makes good sales throughout the day. Flora renews her products weekly and invests up to 300 soles in each purchase. She has been in this business for more than 12 years and sometimes receives help from her grandchildren when they are not studying. Sometimes Flora also sells food and drink at home, depending on the weather and the capital that she has available at the time. What she likes about her business is that it allows her to make income herself which she can use to cover her grandchildren's needs. She feels very happy to be working because it makes her feel useful to society though she has often felt like stopping because of the tiredness she experiences as a result of her age. However, she always finds new energy and continues working with a lot of optimism. She hopes to improve her sales business for the well-being of her family.

This is Flora's 3rd loan from MFP. She is grateful to the people who will give her the loan she needs to increase her working capital and pledges to make her loan repayments on time. She is happy to belong to her community bank because the members are very supportive and responsible. Flora will invest her 1,000 soles loan in buying more sweet treats such as candies, cornflakes, gum, etc. She will also renew the utensils that she uses in selling her soft drinks such as plastic jugs and buckets.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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