A loan of $800 helped buy supplies and ingredients to prepare foods in large quantities.

Alejandrina's story

Alejandrina, 31, is hard working, determined, happy and charismatic. She’s in a common-law relationship with Marco Antonio who is a transport driver. Together, they have 2 children: 14-year-old Cristian and 8 year-old Cristel. They live in their own house which they were able to buy after much effort. Alejandrina is in the fast food business, selling sausage and French fries, roast chicken and other foods. She works Monday to Friday in the evenings, very kindly attending her clients whom she receives and fulfills their demand. She is located in front of her sister’s house with her sausage and French fries cart, a table and a few chairs.
She’s had this business for more than 4 years. She started it with her own capital and until now has been running her business alone, being kind and cordial to clients.
She considers her business to be profitable because of the earnings she’s made, as she sells everything she’s prepared every day thanks to her customer service.
She likes that her location is a high-traffic area. She enjoys cooking and learned her mother’s secrets for good seasonings. She enjoys her income as it allows her to pay her bills and household expenses. Although she is physically exhausted from waking up so early to prepare the day, she doesn’t let that deter her as she continues running her business.
That’s why she wants to expand her business. She’d like to add tables and chairs in order to attend clients in a more comfortable setting.
This is her 6th loan with the MFP communal bank. She is grateful for the loans she has received to continue running her business. She’d like to count on more loans and that’s why she promises to be punctual with her payments. She feels comfortable with the communal bank and considers the members to be persons who are united and committed to their obligations.
With the loan of 2000 Peruvian soles, she’ll invest in buying a sausage and French fry cart for 600 Peruvian soles and the rest will go to buying supplies and ingredients to prepare foods in large quantities and at low costs. With that, she hopes she can welcome more clients.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Beatriz Yuste

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