A loan of $975 helped buy rice, sugar, flour, oil, eggs, etc.

Sonia's story

Sonia is 34 years old and a friendly and enthusiastic woman. She lives at home with her life partner and two children. She tries her hardest to offer them a good education and quality of life. This is why she encourages them to continue studying in order to fulfill their future goals. Sonia works in a small grocery store where she sells items such as rice, sugar, flour, oil, eggs, etc. Her small grocery store is located within her home. She has been working in this grocery store for 7 years now and started it for financial needs to pay household expenses. Her children help her work in the afternoons to attend customers. Her partner helps her stock up on merchandise. He helps by taking her wholesale shopping to make a profit by selling retail. She mentions that her business is profitable because she sells essential items and has clientele everyday. In the beginning she had problems starting her business finding it impossible to do so. However, with a loan request she was able succeed with her business. She hopes to continue to grow and build a larger store stocked with more items to satisfy her customers. At the moment, this will be her 9th loan with the MF Institution. She likes being a part of her communal bank because the members are friendly, responsible, and offer mutual support. She is requesting a 2500 Peruvian soles loan to stock up her grocery store with items such as rice, sugar, flour, oil, eggs, etc. She hopes to offer her clients what they need in order to make a profit.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Susan Garza

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