A loan of $400 helped to buy basic staples to stock her store.


Isabel's story

Isabel, 61, is a dedicated, hardworking woman in addition to being kind and supportive. She’s separated from her spouse and lives with three of her children who she loves very much in her own house. The activity Isabel carries out is selling basic staple grocery items. To do so, she has a store installed in the front of her house that she opened due to the economic need she was going through because her ex-husband’s income was insufficient. Now she earns her own income which is a relief and she’s also seen it grow in the ten years it’s been in operation.

She likes her business because it allows her to earn additional income to cover household expenses and she can be at home to care for her grandchildren who she loves very much and are attending school. On the contrary, though, she doesn’t much like it when some of her customers request their purchases on credit; she refuses because she believes her business is in the growing phase and this type of sale is not to its advantage. On the other hand, the positive results her business is having leads her to plan to expand it and widen her inventory.

Therefore, this will be her fourth MFP loan and she’s hoping for your collaboration so that she can solidify her plans. She also feels comfortable in her communal bank because she considers it to be a responsible, supportive group. She will use the requested 1,000 new soles to buy grocery items at wholesale prices to earn higher profits and stock her store.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz


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