A loan of $400 helped to purchase orange biscuits, loaves of bread, and marmalade.

Lizbeth's story

Lizbeth is 27 years old. She is a dreamer and a very happy woman. She lives in her own home together with her second husband who works in a sawmill and is also her business partner. She is raising two children for whom she hopes to provide a good education and quality of life. Lizbeth works selling baked goods such as orange biscuits, loaves of bread, manjar (a traditional dessert dish similar to pudding), marmalade, etc. She purchases these products from a well-known distributor called Productos Union. She works selling these products door to door, selling them to relatives, neighbors, and others. She got started in this line of work at her mother's suggestion that it was profitable, provided a flexible work schedule, and would allow her to be with her children. Her husband helps her distribute her goods, giving her a ride to the areas where her products are in demand. She notes that her business is indeed profitable because if she manages to sell all her merchandise she earns 50%. For this reason she works hard to get rid of all her goods. She describes how before she got into this line of work she had had a desire to help her husband with the daily expenses, but she was not able to because she didn't have a job. She is thankful for her mother who helped her get started in this work which allows her to earn income. She hopes to build her customer base in the future and to purchase her own vehicle for work. This will be her second loan with MFP. She enjoys working with this group because, despite being new, the people are kind to her and they assist her when she is in need. She is grateful for MFP for the financial support that it provides. The money requested will be used to purchase greater quantities of product such as orange biscuits, loaves of bread, manjar, marmalade, and other items. Because she will be able to purchase in bulk at a lower price, the income she earns will increase.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer JOHN NELSON

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