A loan of $200 helped to rent a store to sell products.

Flor's story

Flor, 18, shares her married life with Renán, also 18. They decided to start together from a young age, driven by love and the special trust between them. As a fruit of their relationship they have a precious little girl named Asulda, age 1, to whom they direct their future goals. They live temporarily in an adobe house, which they rent.

For two years she has made a living with Renán in agricultural work on some plots of land her parents gave her because they're a young couple with a great desire to improve themselves. Their main crop is organic cacao because it's very stable in the area. As in any beginning they had certain problems trying to achieve financial stability for the future family.

What's encouraging is that, in spite of starting out with little capital, they've managed to cover all the basic family expenses, considering that they already have the responsibility of their little girl. Nevertheless, working together has been a great tool for unity because understanding and family harmony prevail in their family environment.

A little while ago she received a proposal from a merchant in the area who offered to rent her his store for a long time because he plans to take a trip for a variety of reasons. She considers it a good opportunity and plans to take it. So she hopes to contribute to the family finances along with the field work with her husband in charge.

She has many desires for the future, including studying pharmacy at the advanced level because she feels she's capable of doing that in the near future.

This is her first loan with MFP. She's very grateful for this opportunity, which she considers the motivation she needs right now to realize her commercial objectives more fluidly. She's grateful to her colleagues in her communal bank for the great opportunity they're giving her and for their welcome, and she's committing herself to complying with all the stipulated agreements.

With the 500 nuevos soles [PEN] she'll supplement the capital she has dedicated to paying the first month's rent on a small grocery store that she'll manage from now on.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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