A loan of $775 helped to buy rice, plátano (a banana-like food), charcoal, candy, and carbonated drinks.

Delinda's story

Delinda, 54 years old, is a cheerful, idealistic, and enterprising woman. She lives with her two children, ages 24 and 21, who are currently studying in university, but they help their mother with her business in their free time.

Delinda works selling essential items such as candies, carbonated beverages, rice, sugar, plátano (a banana-like food), charcoal, cookies, and caramels. She owns her own store attached to her home. She has been running this store for 13 years now. So far, it has gone very well for Delinda, she has managed to grow her store over the years so that now, she has very good earnings. Delinda always has customers, either her neighbors or people traveling through the streets where she lives. However, Delinda's area is a place that floods each time it rains. So she decided to fill in her land, and build a wider space for her business so that she will be able to receive her customers better. Now, Delinda only hopes to maintain her business and turn it into a Minimarket in the future.

This is Delinda's 13th loan from MFP. She intends to continue being a punctual member of this group that she considers to be very responsible overall. Delinda is very grateful to this microfinance institution since it has given her the opportunity to grow as a person. With the loan of 2000 soles, she will stock her store with rice, plátano, charcoal, candies, carbonated beverages, and other items she buys in bulk to reduce her costs and generate more profits.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Craven

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