A loan of $400 helped to buy cooking utensils such as pans, dishes and cups.

Maria Del Rosario's story

43-year-old María is a hard-working, diligent woman who is kind and friendly in her treatment of others. She lives alongside her partner Pedro, who is a trader, and their 3-year-old son. The family live comfortably in their own home which they worked hard to obtain. María's business is selling food such as 'juanes' (a traditional Peruvian dish) and noodles in the mornings. She has a stall in the market near her home where she serves her customers in a kind and friendly manner, thereby gaining their loyalty.

María started out more than 10 years ago with her own capital, preparing her food in small quantities. Seeing how popular her business was becoming, she decided to keep going with it. She has her mom's help in preparing the food and serving the customers, and she shares the profits with her. She considers her business to be fairly profitable because she always sells everything she prepares. This makes her good profits.

María decided to start this business as she needed a job and an income so that she could cover her expenses and support her partner. Given the good results she is obtaining with her business, she has plans to keep going and to grow the business further. This will be her second loan with MFP. She is happy to know that she has access to financial support so that she can carry out her plans. In addition, she says that she feels very happy with her community bank as she knows most of the other members and she considers them to be kind and responsible people.

María will invest the sum of 1,000 soles that she has requested in buying cooking utensils such as pots, dishes, cups, etc. so that she can replace the ones she currently has. This will enable her to provide her customers with a better service.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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