A loan of $775 helped to buy a a variety of candies and motor parts.

Julia's story

Julia is a 37-year-old woman with many hopes and a drive to get ahead through her own efforts whilst being kind and polite to others. She lives with Israel, who is a transportation worker and is the father of their 5 children whom they love dearly. They live together comfortably in their own home. Julia sells different types and flavors of candy in the mornings, setting up a table in front of their house where she attends her customers in a friendly and courteous way. She started her business more than 2 years ago with money that she had saved, and up until now she has run it by herself, on occasions with the help of her daughter. She feels that her business is profitable because of the money it makes, and the fact that it is the only one of its kind in the area, meaning that there is a high demand for it. Before she set up her business, she wanted to be a productive person and earn a living for herself so that she would not have to depend completely on her partner and could help out with household expenses. She also wanted to be able to stay at home and take care of her young children. Therefore, after seeing the results that her business has brought, she wants to continue and with the profits combined with a future loan, buy another transportation vehicle. This will be her seventh loan with the MFP institution. She is happy to know that she will be able to continue to count on financial support to be able to carry out her plans. Moreover, she is comfortable with the communal bank because she feels that it is a united and supportive group. With the amount she is requesting of 2000 nuevos soles, she will invest in the purchase of products for her candy business, as well as buying motorcycle spare parts to give maintenance to the vehicle that her partner drives, so that it keeps running and provides their family with income.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Geraldine Pugh

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