A loan of $400 helped to buy rice, eggs, and bananas.

Ana's story

Ana, 59, is a hardworking and brave woman. She's the single mother of seven adult children whom she gave an education by making the effort to get ahead. She has her own house where she lives with one daughter and her grandchild, age 1. Together they work to improve their financial situation and give the child a good quality of life.

Ana's job is selling groceries retail. She buys in bulk in the wholesale markets in the city and then sells them retail in her store. Her business is located in her house on a very busy city street, so she gets a lot of customers. She has a wide variety of products like bananas, eggs, flour, pasta, soda, bread, and other things, because her customers are very demanding. She has had the business for more than 15 years and she supplements it by selling used clothing; she also occasionally sells food. She works with the help of her daughter who is responsible for waiting on customers when Ana can't be at home.

What she likes about her job is that she has time to be able to do the housework and take care of her granddaughter. She earns a lot of profit because she has a lot of sales, and she hopes to expand her business in the future.

This is her fifth loan with MFP and she's grateful to those who make her loan possible so she can continue with her goals. She pledges to make her payments punctually. She's very happy to belong to her communal bank because all the members are very kind and supportive people.

With the requested amount of 1000 soles [PEN] she'll buy merchandise, mainly rice, eggs, and bananas for her grocery store.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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