A loan of $400 helped to buy carbonated soft drinks.

Bertha's story

Bertha, age 38, is a hardworking and determined woman with a strong desire to get ahead. She lives with her partner, Bernardo, who works in business. They have three children: Neiser, age 9, Gelber, age 7, and Rusber, age 7. They live together in their own home, which they bought with much effort.

Bertha runs her own small grocery store, which is located in her home. She waits on her customers – who are mostly neighbors – with a lot of kindness, in order to make herself well-known and gain her customers’ loyalty.

She has been working at this business for six months with the occasional help of her partner and the help of her children, who mind the store when she is out of the house.

She considers her business a success because of the profits it has generated and the regular demand she has experienced since she started.

She likes her business because it provides her with income and she feels busy. She also likes that it allows her to be in the house to look after her young children. She therefore plans to continue growing her business and broaden it by selling carbonated soft drinks and clothing. This will be her fourth loan with MFP. She is very happy to know that she will have financial support, since she will then feel secure to move ahead with her business. She also says that she feels good about her communal bank because she likes the work it has been doing to support people.

Bertha will invest the requested total of 1000 nuevos soles (PEN) in the purchase of merchandise such as grocery essentials to supply her store, as well as carbonated soft drinks. She will look for affordable prices for her bulk purchases in order to increase her profits.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Graham Robinson

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