A loan of $1,350 helped to buy rice, oil, condiments, and bananas, and to buy some chairs for her customers' comfort.

Carmen's story

Carmen, age 42, is a very happy and enthusiastic woman. She is married to Jorge, who sells polo shirts with images of nature, from the Peruvian rainforest to the Venezuelan countryside. Carmen lives in her own home with her husband and two children ages 9 and 19. She works very hard in order to be able to give her children a good education and, therefore, a better quality of life. She starts working very early in the morning. She goes to the market to stock up on various products: rice, sugar, plantain leaves, fish, bananas, and camu camu (a fruit with a high Vitamin C content). She sells all of these food products in front of her home on a large table.

She does a good job, so her business is highly visited. She has been in this spot for six years, and she has been able to make a good income which she has used to build her home.

In the beginning it was hard to build up a customer base, but with time people started recommending her business because of her good service and delicious food. She hopes to be able to expand her business since she has a great desire for the future to own a tourist restaurant. This will be her fifteenth loan with MFP. Things are going well for her and she is very happy to be part of such a responsible group.

With the requested 3500 soles, she will buy more groceries wholesale. She will buy rice, oil, condiments, bananas, and also some chairs for her customers’ comfort.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Christine Cooper

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