A loan of $475 helped to buy fruit in season, such as oranges, pineapples, papaya and guanábana to keep selling refreshing juices. She will also include snacks such as cookies, candies and more.

Lelis's story

Lelis is 42 years old. She is a cheerful and very responsible woman. She lives with her spouse and together they have two grown children. They live together in the home they own. They work very hard to offer their children a better quality of life. Lelis's work is selling snacks such as cookies, cereals, candies and more as well as bottled and fresh juice. She makes the fresh juice from delicious regional fruit such as papaya, pineapple and oranges. She sells everyday starting very early from the sidewalk in front of her house where she has a sales stand. Her business is very profitable because her house is close to a preschool and a high school. These become great allies when it comes time to sell. A lot of mothers want their children to drink refreshing juice to start their morning and study happily. What she likes about her job is that she can use her time as she likes because she is independent and she organizes her days according to what she needs. This way, she can be with her family and do the housework. Over time, she hopes to establish a formal business where she can work more comfortably. This is loan number 5 with the MFP institution. She is thankful to everyone who made this loan possible since this way she feels confident she can go forward in her business. She also likes her communal bank because she considers it to be a united and supportive group.

With the amount of 1,200 soles that she has asked for, she will buy more fruit in season such as oranges, pineapple, papaya and guanábana to keep selling refreshing juices and buy snacks such as cookies, candies and more.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue

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