A loan of $1,000 helped to buy food-preparation ingredients and supplies.

Zoila's story

Zoila, 51, is a kind, cheerful, very hardworking woman living with Jorge, 52, who has been her spouse for 35 years. They have four children; one of which is still an 11-year-old minor attending school and still dependent on what Zoila and Jorge can offer as parents. They both share their days and the joy of raising their children together. She lives in her own house that she acquired after much effort and the entire family puts much effort into continuing to move forward.

Zoila has a business selling food; she prepares delicious regional dishes. Customers are drawn to her stand by the unique aroma and delicious flavor of her home-cooked meals. She sells on the sidewalk by her house located in an area with a large number of passersby of all types of people. Although she only works at night, she’s seen that it generates good income. She’s been in this line of work for about 41 years because even as a little girl she helped her mother in the kitchen to prepare meals; she was also a street food vendor. This business has provided her with the necessary money to feed her daughters and pay for their schooling but she feels that her expenses will rise later on and she will need money. This is why she wants to open a restaurant at home so she can sell her delicious dishes more comfortably every day; she continues to seek a way to consolidate her income.

Zoila enjoys her work very much, more so now when she sees that her diners leave her house happy. She enjoys chatting with her customer while they enjoy their meals. Sometimes it’s very difficult for her to take care of everyone who comes by her stand but despite this she does not falter in her drive to get ahead and is willing to continue working to reach her main wish. She knows that success is reached little by little as long as one continues striving toward it.

This is MFP loan #7 and she’s grateful for the opportunity and the trust placed in her by granting this loan. She commits to make her payments punctually and she enjoys being part of the communal bank she belongs to because she notes that the members are all responsible, supportive people.

She will use the requested 2,500 soles to buy ingredients and some supplies she needs to continue preparing her dishes and will also invest in building materials to set up a small space to tend to her customers. On the other hand, she will also set aside a certain amount to buy mototaxi spare parts.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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