A loan of $600 helped to buy rice, sugar, oil, and chicken.

Antonieta's story

Antonieta, 46, lives with Gabino, with whom she has three children, ages 27, 25, and 7, but only the youngest lives with them. Her house is her own; it's located in an area of the central jungle.

Antonieta's a calm and charismatic woman. She has a business set up in her house where she sells staple items to her neighbors. She's been doing this work for three years. "On the weekend I sell more soda and beer, but during the week it's groceries, vegetables, and chicken," she says.

In all this time working she has had good and bad customers, but she learned to contend with this type of problem. Her main problem was the lack of capital, but she managed to overcome that with the help of her communal bank.

Now her goals are focused on improving her sales, so she plans to acquire products for the Christmas season such as panettone and some toys. This would be her twelfth loan with MFP. She's grateful for their help so she's committed to being punctual in making her payments. She belongs to Las Heliconias Communal Bank and says she feels comfortable with the members.

She'll invest the 1500 soles [PEN] in buying staple products to stock her store: bags of rice, sugar, oil, and chicken.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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