A loan of $975 helped to purchase rice, cooking oils, potatoes and other items.

Karina's story

Karina, who is 40 years old, is a hard-working woman with a great desire to get ahead. She lives with her partner and has two children who are 21 and 19 years old. She is currently very happy to be expecting her third child. She lives with her husband and their two children in their own home, which they were able to build through a lot of work. Karina's business is selling food, local dishes and roast meats like chicken, pig and fish. To do this, she set up a table in the front area of her house where she gives friendly and cordial service to her customers. She has been in this business for four years, and her daughter helps her to prepare the stews and serve the customers. The majority of her customers are her neighbors and passersby. In addition, three months ago Karina was able to purchase a taxi, which her husband uses for work. And so they are able to meet their household expenses. Karina likes her business, as it affords her an income that meets the household expenses and her children's needs. Her children are her motivation to continue progressing. On the other hand, she doesn't like when the prices of her supplies go up, as it results in an income reduction. But even so, she finds a way to make her sales profitable. Karina plans to continue with her business, to maintain it and expand with more chairs and tables to give her customers greater comfort. This is her first individual loan with MFP. She feels grateful for the financial assistance they are offering her to keep her business going and advance her plans. She also says that she feels very confident working with the institution, as she feels that they are offering everything she needs to be a good member.
To improve her earnings, Karina will invest the requested amount of 2500 nuevos soles (USD$975) in the whole sale purchase of the ingredients she needs to prepare her foods, like rice, cooking oils, potatoes and other items.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Marni Siegal

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