A loan of $600 helped to buy rice, sugar, and preserved food.

Elena's story

Elena, 60, has been a widow for 23 years. She has three children but they no longer live with her. Elena lives with her granddaughter in her own house located in an area of the central jungle. Elena has lived in the central jungle for more than 20 years, since she arrived from a hamlet in the highlands with her now-deceased husband. In time she decided to set up a business in her own house, so she fixed up a space where she sells groceries, meat, vegetables, fruit, canned goods, and other staple items.

"It's a more relaxed job but I do have to invest a lot," she says. Elena used to make a living in farming before she came to the area. She still has plots of cropland in her hometown that her children take care of.

She's happy about her job and even more so to be with her granddaughter, because she has good friends, neighbors, and reliable customers. She wants to continue improving herself so she needs your support. This is her second loan with MFP. She's committed to making her monthly payments punctually. She's comfortable with her communal bank, Rosas y Claveles, because the members are responsible.

With the money she'll be able to buy enough merchandise to sell in her grocery store. She plans to get rice, sugar, preserved food, and other products.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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