A loan of $975 helped purchase bread and repair her artisan oven.

Martha's story

Martha is 60 years old, happy, and hard working. She lives in her own home she bought with her husband, Guillermo. Her children are older and independent and live in different places. Martha sells bread that her husband prepares in their artisan's oven made from clay, then she sells the bread on the street from door to door from a plastic tray that she carries. She has been doing this for 10 years. She considers the business profitable since she earns up to 50% on top of what she invests in it. A short while ago there was a torrential rain that destroyed her oven, but despite this, she continues to work, purchasing breads from another bakery so she doesn't lose her hard won clients. Everything is going well since she has loyal customers because she brings them quality products. And so, she hopes to maintain this rhythm and build an even bigger oven that will allow her to increase business. This will be the 19th loan she has had from MFP and she likes the group very much because she feels they are responsible. She hopes to continue to do well and continue working with this institution whom she thanks for the opportunity they have given her to feel productive. With the amount of $975 dollars that she is applying for, she will invest in her business, she will purchase a larger quantity of bread and in this way increase her sales while at the same time repairing her oven in order to achieve her long term goals.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Kristin Connor

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