A loan of $325 helped to purchase rice, sugar, milk, oil, bread, flour, pasta, canned goods and other items to stock her business.

Raquel's story

Raquel is 42 years old, and is a kind and hardworking woman who has a 2-year-old son with her partner, Miguel. Raquel and her family live in a small house on her brother's land, and they work together to improve their quality of life. Raquel makes a living selling food and staple household items, such as: rice, sugar, eggs, milk, oil, condiments, beans, flour, etc. She sells her goods out of a small stand that she rents in the central market, and she has been working in the market for the past five years. She has always worked at her stand on her own, and has learned how to work hard to get ahead in life. Raquel begins her daily work routine around 4:00 every morning, and does not arrive back home until 9:00 each night. Even though it was difficult at first, she has become accustomed to this routine.

Raquel’s favorite aspect of her job is the time she spends with her clients, and she takes great pride in her customer service. She knows that the fruits of her labor go hand in hand with her household needs, and she works very hard so that she can help her husband with household expenses. Raquel feels accomplished and proud of all she has done, and she hopes in the future to open up a larger store with a wider variety of products.

Raquel is grateful for the support she has received from MFP to make her dreams a reality, and this will be her second loan with the organization. She also appreciates her role as a member of the community bank, as she feels it is a group of responsible, good people. With the support from this loan, Raquel plans to purchase merchandise to stock her business, including: rice, sugar, milk, oil, bread, flour, pasta, canned goods, and other items to expand and strengthen her business.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Gillian Goodrich

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