A loan of $1,550 helped to buy wholesale meat and essential groceries.

Alicia's story

Alicia, 41, is a very kind, cheerful, hard-working woman who lives with her common-law husband and two children, 19 and 15, who are dependent on them for their education and food. They live in her mother's house where they work hard every day to get ahead. Alicia sells red meats, mainly pork and sometimes beef. Every day she buys all her products at the wholesale market which sells certified meat for human consumption.

Her stall is located in one of the main markets of the city and that is where she takes all the meat ordered the day before. The demand for this type of meat is high, which means sales are always good. Sometimes, though, she does not sell everything by the end of the day. Before setting up this business she sold fresh fish. She decided to change because she noticed that the business she is in now is more profitable. For nine years she has been working alone and things are going well.

What she enjoys about her work is the fellowship that exists among the merchants in her same line of business. They all help each mutually to attract new customers. The earnings from her sales help cover household expenses and allow her to save for any unexpected expense. But, now her goal is to open a grocery store in her home for her children to run and help her out by generating extra income.

This is her 14th loan through MFP and she is very grateful for the loan opportunity and financial backing she needs to get ahead. She is committed to paying back the loan on time and continue working responsibly with the other members of her communal bank.

The 4,000 PEN will be used to improve her stall's infrastructure and to buy more meat. She will also buy essential groceries to start setting up her grocery store little by little.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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