A loan of $775 helped to buy knives, axes, grinders and aprons.

Nerva's story

Nerva is 29 years old, a very happy woman, and a dreamer. She lives in her own house along with her partner, Octavio, and their four school-age children. Nerva's work consists of selling beef. She offers products derived from cattle, such as sirloin, steak, liver, hooves, legs, and others. She has the support of her partner, who accompanies her each morning to the Municipal Slaughterhouse where she buys the product in bulk. Nerva has to rise early because there are several buyers and if she arrives late she will find people reselling the meat at a higher price.

Nerva started this business because a neighbor passed on her stand in the market and from that moment on, she has been dedicated to this business. Nerva comments that her business is profitable, as people from all over the city come to the market where she is located and purchase her products daily. Those customers who own restaurants buy in greater volume and pay a better price.

At first, Nerva had economic problems. She did not have sufficient funds to launch her own business. Then, she took out a loan and used it as capital for her business. She hopes to keep growing and to own her own cattle in order to increase her profits. This will be her twelfth loan with Microfinanzas Prisma. She has a great desire to continue being a punctual communal bank member. She also knows that the others in her group are responsible people and they mutually support one another. She is grateful for the help with growing her business. With the requested 2,000 nuevos soles, Nerva will buy tools for her work such as knives, axes, grinders, aprons, etc. She is very happy because she will be able to better serve her customers and will have the necessary tools for her business.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Katie Kavanagh

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