A loan of $1,175 helped to buy cement and hire workers.

Zoila's story

Zoila, 57, is a hard-working and determined woman in addition to being happy and friendly. She lives in the company of her husband Arbildo, who is retired, and her three children of the ages 35, 36, and 39. They are comfortable in their own home. The business that Zoila has is the sale of food, like prepared meals, from Monday to Friday while very kindly attending to her customers. She manages to have good reception and demand. She also sells grilled chicken on Sundays. She has been doing this business for 15 years, relying on the help of her daughter. She began it herself with the capital from a private loan.

She says she like her job because she enjoys cooking (having learned from her mother the secrets to a good seasoning) as well as for the financial income that allows her to pay her bills and cover the household expenses. On the contrary, she does not like it due to the physical fatigue from having to get up very early in the morning to make preparations for the day. But this does not discourage her and she carries on with her work, which is why she wishes to grow her business and improve her roof so she can more comfortably tend to her customers. Thus, this will be her 16th loan with the MFP institution, and with it she hopes to be able to settle her plans. Furthermore, she says she is comfortable with her communal bank since she considers the members to be responsible people.

With the requested amount of 3000 soles, she will invest in fixing up her floor by pouring cement and in roofing her shop in order to more comfortably take care of her customers.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Stephanie Sawyer

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