A loan of $800 helped to buy wood from the sawmills.

Mary's story

Mary, age 33, is a friendly and hardworking woman. She is single and has no children. Mary lives in her own home with her parents and siblings. All of them share in their struggle to find a successful path in life.

Mary’s work consists of buying and selling wood. She leaves her home early in the morning so that she can travel to different sawmills in the city in search of the best chunks of wood. Mary buys these chunks of wood and then has them delivered to her business to undergo a finishing process. The end results consist of planks, boards, and other lumber pieces. She does all of her work with the help of an assistant. These finished products are sent to her customers in different cities of the country. Mary has been in this line of work for 10 years and is very pleased that she is able to earn a decent household income. At first, things were very complicated because this type of work is tiring and requires a certain amount of strength. Over time, she became accustomed to the work and is now able to work at a good pace without any difficulty.

This is her 10th loan with MFP. Mary is very pleased with the financial support that has been provided, which makes her feel confident about advancing her business. In addition, she promises to continue submitting her loan payments promptly and on schedule. Mary is happy to be part of her Communal Bank since all of the members are responsible and supportive. The loan amount of 2,000 PEN will be used to buy wood from the sawmills so that she can ship her products to various cities in Peru.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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