A loan of $250 helped to buy soft drinks, bags, and all of the ingredients to make ice cream.

Erika's story

Erika, age 37, is a kind, happy, and hard-working woman. She is married to Héctor, and they have a small two year old child. She helped her husband build their own house. That is where she shares her days with her family. They are her driving force to always get ahead and improve her quality of life.

Every day Erika sells all brands, sizes, and flavors of soft drinks. She makes tasty ice creams and ices. They help refresh the palates of the people who come to her house to buy something that she sells.

She fixed up a small space in her house where she has put her refrigerator and the cases of soft drinks that she sells. She has been in this business for two years, and it is going well for her. The thing she likes about her business is that it is profitable. This serves to cover the daily, basic household expenses.

In the beginning it was difficult for her because she did not have a place to keep her drinks cold. Fortunately, she was able to buy her own refrigerator, and she overcame the problem. Now, everything is going wonderfully. Her plans for growth continue on track.

This is her first loan with MFP. She is grateful to those who make it possible for her to have this loan so that she can continue achieving her objectives. She pledges to make her payments punctually. Also, it pleases her to be part of her communal bank because all of the members are responsible and very supportive people.

She will use the requested 600 soles to buy soft drinks, bags, and all of the ingredients needed, like fresh fruit, sugar, and other supplies, to make ice cream.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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