A loan of $1,350 helped to buy essential supplies and beverages.

Maxima's story

Mrs. Maxima, 35, is married to Filemón. Their three small daughters Leonela, Ruth and Inés bring additional joy to their home and represent the motivation that every parent needs in order to get ahead in life.

They currently live in a solid material house, which is rented. Her commercial strategy is to take advantage of rising opportunities and this is why two months ago she opened a grocery store with her effort and with Filemón’s and their daughters' help.

She also works in the agricultural sector, but since there is no constant demand for labor, she thought of making the most out of this situation. Her daughters take care of the store when she is working. This is a good way of taking care of the family’s economy, since neighbors and friends visit the store regularly, which has resulted so far in good income. Given the good acceptance, she plans to buy more merchandise. By investing, she will be able to strengthen the store’s position in the future and turn it into a good source of income for her family.

She plans, in the long term, to buy a vehicle in which she can transport the merchandise from the country side into the city and in that way reduce the final cost. This will result in better profits. This will be her fourth credit with MFP. She feels satisfied with what she has achieved so far, and with the loan, she expects to keep growing, for the community’s sake. She enjoys being part of the communal bank, because her group is composed of old acquaintances, which makes her feel confident.

She will use the 3500 nuevos soles [PEN] to buy merchandise for her store, like essential supplies and beverages in bulk.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Santiago Mejía Dugand

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