A loan of $475 helped to buy bananas, manioc and other regional products.

Carmen's story

Carmen, 28, is a young, kind, charismatic, single woman and mother of two children who are 1 and 4 years old respectively. She lives in her parents’ house with her minor children and her spouse. Like all mothers, she wants the best for her children which is why she strives daily to get ahead. Carmen’s main work is selling various regional products.

Depending on the season, she sells bananas, manioc, lemons, ‘cocona’ [a tropical fruit] and other foods of animal origin like dried fish and wild animal meats like deer, turtle, crab and field chickens. She has a stand at a very busy market in the city and she works there mornings. In the afternoon and on rainy days she works at home where she has shelving installed to display her products. She’s been doing this work for 15 years and she does it with even more emphasis on days when the city is celebrating some festivity or important event. Fortunately, her work generates good income and gives her peace of mind. What she likes about her work is that she can have contact with people; it gives her energy and vitality to be in constant physical activity and above all she feels happy because she can generate her own income to continue meeting her expenses.

This is MFP loan #3 and she’s grateful to the people who are providing the financing she needs in order to make her plans reality. On the other hand, she commits to make her payments punctually and hopes to continue working with her communal bank because of the fellowship and mutual support each and every one of the members has. She will use the requested 1,200 soles to buy larger amounts of bananas, manioc and other regional products to continue working.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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