A loan of $200 helped to buy fruits like aguaje, camu camu and coconut, and sodas for her ice cream business.

Reyna's story

Reyna is 42 years old and is a kind and enterprising woman. She lives in her mother’s house with her three children aged 23, 20, and 15, who are all studying to have a better future. Reyna makes and sells fruit ice creams using fruits like aguaje, coconut, and camu camu among others. She also sells different flavored sodas and different types of beer. She runs her business from a part of her mother’s house. She started this business because she did not have enough income to be able to cover her children’s study expenses. Her mother helps her to buy the drinks, and her children help her to make the ice creams.

She comments that her business is profitable due to the fact that her city is very hot, meaning that every day she gets more and more customers and her sales increase. Before she started her business, she had money problems because she could not afford to pay for her children’s studies, and this worried her a lot. But her family decided to support her financially so that she could start a small business. She hopes to keep the business going because it makes good profits and allows her to cover her expenses.

This will be her third loan from MFP, and she is very grateful to the institution for giving her the opportunity to be a part of such a supportive group. This motivates her to continue making her repayments on time.

With the requested amount of 500 soles, she will buy fruits like aguaje, camu camu, coconut etc. to make more ice creams, and she will also buy sodas at wholesale so that she can increase her profits.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Geraldine Pugh

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