A loan of $200 helped to buy rice, sugar, and eggs.

Jalia's story

Jalia is a pleasant, supportive, happy, and very hardworking 44-year-old woman. She's single but has three children and lives in her own house with only her youngest, her son-in-law, and her grandson.

Jalia's main work is selling groceries. She has set aside a small space in her house where she sells the main staple items, such as rice, sugar, oil, eggs, milk, bread, tea, and other things. She goes to the market frequently to buy the products she sells, spending 250-300 soles [PEN].

She works alone all day in this job. She has been in this business for more than six years and fortunately hasn't suffered any significant economic losses since she started. In the winter she also sells chickens because at that time of year the selling price for this product goes up and this is favorable for her.

What she likes about her job is that it allows her to have an income, which helps her meet the basic household expenses. She also can manage her finances in an organized way while looking toward the future. She hopes to set up another, bigger store with new products in the future.

This is her twelfth loan with MFP. She's very grateful for her opportunity for credit and for the financial support she needs to move forward. She pledges to make her monthly payments punctually and to continue working responsibly along with the members of her communal bank.

With the requested loan of 500 nuevos soles [PEN] she'll buy large quantities of groceries such as rice, sugar, and eggs, which are what her customers most want.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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