A loan of $200 helped to buy ingredients for making her foods.

Norma's story

Norma is 42 years old. She is a woman with a great desire to make progress and get ahead in life. She is also friendly and polite with everyone. She lives with Henry, who is a laborer and the father of her 14 year old son. Together they live comfortably in their own house, which they bought with a lot of hard work.

Norma’s business is selling foods in the afternoons, such as juanes [similar to a tamal] and stuffed potatoes. She prepares them in her house and sells them by walking with a tray of them to the sawmills near her house.

She started out by selling purple corn and fruit pudding and grew her capital. Then she started growing and changing the business to sell different kinds of foods until she had a lot of customers who ate everything she made.

She considers the business to be successful because of the earnings it makes her and because she always sells all of her products.

She decided to start this business because of the need for an additional income to help her husband out since his income wasn’t enough to cover the household expenses.

She is seeing good results from her business. In the future she hopes to open a restaurant business because she likes to cook. This will be her first loan with Microfinanzas Prisma. She is happy knowing that she will have financial support to advance her business. She is also happy with her communal bank because she knows the members and considers them to be responsible and supportive people.

With the requested amount of PEN 500.00 (Peruvian nuevos soles), she will buy ingredients necessary for making her foods so that she will have stock available. She hopes to find low prices and buy in volume.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jennifer Day

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