A loan of $1,175 helped to buy perfume, cologne, shampoo, talcum powder, shoes and wallets.

Rocio's story

27-year-old Rocio is a kind and very good woman. At the moment she does not have a romantic relationship but she has two children who are 9 and 11 years old, whom she has raised with much love and gives them all the attention they need. She lives in her parents' home and together they work hard daily to get ahead in life. The work that Rocio does is selling cosmetics; among the products she sells are face powders, lipstick, perfume, cologne, shampoo, talcum powder, and other items for skin and body care. She has done this job for more than five years and sells mainly to her friends and family members through a system of credit delivery, later making the collection. She says she works alone because this way her earnings increase. On the other hand, in the mornings she works as a secretary in a public institution which allows her to also offer her products to her work friends.

What she likes most about her job is that it allows her to have time with her family, and it is going well because her earnings exceed her initial investment. Later on she hopes to establish her own store where she offers her products with more comfort in addition to other accessories and feminine garments. This is her fourth loan with MFP; she thanks those people who have offered her the loan that she needs to increase her working capital and she promises to make her repayments on time. She is happy to belong to her communal bank because they are mutually supportive and responsible. With the requested amount of 3000 soles she will buy a large quantity of personal care products like perfumes, colognes, shampoo, talcum powder, and others, in addition to investing in the purchase of shoes, wallets, and other accessories for women with which she hopes to increase her earnings.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Stephanie Sawyer

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