A loan of $600 helped to buy more fish.

Belmira's story

Belmira, 57, is noted for her great kindness and for the effort she puts into her activities to get ahead. She’s married and has four adult children. She lives in her own house with her children and grandchildren. She works hard to earn income needed to improve her quality of life for her family’s benefit.

Belmira’s main activity is selling fish. She rises very early every day to head to her city’s small fishing port to buy the best, fresh, good-size fish. When she has all the fish, she separates them by species and size, determines a fair price and sets them up on a table she has in her market stand. She’s been in this business for more than 40 years and it’s her only source of income. She always works alone and works all morning. She affirms that sometimes she feels like she’s taken some step backwards because of the intense, suffocating morning heat. However, she knows that she has to work to meet her needs.

She’s now considered the possibility of selling bananas because she insists that they are the best nutritional accompaniment for fish and also because her own customers are requesting said product. To do so, she needs to have the necessary capital and get to work.

This is her fifth MFP loan and she’s very at ease because of the great support she’s getting because she feels that she will provide family, economic and personal progress this way; she will emerge with more self-confidence.

She is grateful for the support she’s gotten from her group and for all the advice her advisor has provided. This motivates her to continue striving to make all her installment payments punctually.

The requested 1,500 sol loan is to buy fish and several bunches of bananas. Her daily investment can be up to 200 soles depending on market prices since the wholesale price of these products may vary.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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