A loan of $400 helped to buy fruit, meat, sausage and sodas.

Maribel's story

Maribel, 31, is a mother with a lot of emphathy. She has a three-year-old daughter, Halsy, and she and her partner, Yuri, work hard to give their little girl everything they were unable to have as youngsters.

One of the things they have accomplished is to build their own house, which cost them many years of hard work. With several options in mind, and with the help of her partner, she decided to establish a soda fountain and sell fruit juice and pastry. In a year's time she was able to attract many customers and became more motivated in her work and started selling sandwiches and sodas to large institutions who were attracted to her tasty products.

She enjoys the fact that she can serve many people through her work, because it is something she always wanted to do. Therefore, she would like to expand in the future.

Sometimes when she receives large orders and does not have the immediate capital to buy ingredients (which are ordered only one day in advance), she runs the risk of losing the order, and these are the ones that generate the most income. This is her second loan through MFP and she is grateful for the confidence shown in her. She is committed to paying back the loan on time.

She is also grateful to the members of her communal bank for how they welcomed her into the group. With the 1,000 PEN loans she will be able to fill all the orders she receives at her soda fountain, and will be able to buy wholesale ingredients to make sandwiches and drinks, such as fruit, meat, sausage and sodas.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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