A loan of $325 helped to buy rice, olives, eggs, condiments, vinegar, kebab sticks, and meat, among others.

Nelvy's story

Nelvy, age 30, is an enterprising and very hard-working woman. She lives with Frank, and they have three children, ages 11, 9, and 5. She lives in her own house with all of the members of her family. She puts forth great effort day after day in order to be the best and to provide them with all of the best.

Nelvy has been selling food since she was a young woman. She works every day on the sidewalk of her house, where she sets up a table, chairs, and a cooking area where she makes the most delicious “anticuchos” [kebabs] and “juanes” [a regional dish of rice and meat, wrapped and cooked in a bijao or banana leaf]. They are a delight to her customers.

She occasionally offers other types of dishes to get out of the routine, but she does this without leaving behind the flavors of the Peruvian kitchen. She has had this business for over two years. Her husband helps her at times, but she primarily works alone.

What she likes about her business activity is that she is able to have income that she generates herself. This allows her to pay for the household necessities and to work with her life partner in the distribution and management of the basic expenses. She hopes that with the passage of time she will have a well-established restaurant where she works more enthusiastically and carries out her work more comfortably.

This is her fourth loan with MFP. She is grateful to those who provide her this opportunity of a loan. This gives her the security to continue working. She pledges, once more, to make her payments punctually because she does not want to give a negative impression to the members of her group who are known for their punctual and responsible payments.

She will use this loan for 800 soles to buy ingredients and supplies to use in the preparation of her meals. She will buy things like rice, olives, eggs, condiments, vinegar, kebab sticks, and meat, among others.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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