A loan of $775 helped to buy tires.

Martha's story

Martha is 46 years old and is a hardworking enterprising woman. She is also friendly and very cooperative. She’s married to Muaro, with whom she also has a family business. The have three children whom they love very much and live together comfortably in their own home.

Martha transports passengers and has a van that she initially bought to move freight, such as her neighbors’ livestock. She bought the van with her own money and it has a two-ton capacity. She decided to begin transporting passengers because of the demand, and has a route along the regional roads that link the various towns and settlements. Her husband helps her do the driving.

They’ve been doing this for more than four years and she considers it to be a very profitable business because of the high demand and the fact that there are only a few people providing this service. She enjoys her business because it allows her to travel and learn about different areas and zones within the Peruvian Amazon. It also provides her income that she uses to pay the household expenses.

Now that she’s seen the profitability of the business, and since she has a high demand, she is asking for this loan so that she can expand her business and increase her profits. This will be her fifth loan through MFP and she is asking for your help in solidifying her plans. Besides feeling comfortable with her communal bank, she considers her group to be very united and supporting. She will use the 2,000 PEN to buy four tires for her van, for 500 PEN each. She will make up the difference with her own capital, allowing her to continue working normally and increasing her income.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes

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