A loan of $1,175 helped to buy canned goods and Panettones.

Marcelina's story

Marcelina, 58, is a very hardworking woman. She’s shares a conjugal relationship with Darío, 60, with whom she shares the joy of having four children growing in an environment of love and work. They share their lives in an adobe house they acquired when they settled in their location. She’s had a long career working in the agricultural fields but as time passed and she noticed that fatigue and exhaustion were her constant companions, she invested her life’s savings in this business, a grocery store that she set up at home. She’s been in business four months gradually earning profits because there are few businesses like hers in the community. Because of the way she’s been operating, she has to stock up constantly in order to meet customer expectations. What are in high demand now are panettones and canned goods so she wants to restock her store with more variety of said products to meet demand.

Profits she earns are for her children since her main priority is providing them with a good education since she believes that “There is no better investment than education.” She’s had seven loans and has been punctual with her payments. She hopes to continue being part of MFP for a long period of time because it’s a good alternative. She likes the way her communal bank is organized very much especially the good way her fellow members behave with their loans. She will use the 3,000 new soles to buy Panettones, canned goods and other products at wholesale to keep her store constantly stocked.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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