A loan of $400 helped to buy ingredients for her dishes, tables, and chairs.

Karina's story

Karina, 32, is an optimistic and very hardworking woman. She very much loves the family she had with Henry, her longstanding partner for many years. The fruit of their love is two younger children, who motivate her to be better every day. She lives in her parents' house and gets up every day with a great desire to do things well to improve her quality of life.

Karina's job is selling traditional food. She has her sales stall in the busiest market in the city. She loves to cook, so every day she makes and sells the most delicious dishes from the tropical jungle region of Peru. She makes the best stews and the most delicious broths. This is why the diners who go to her stall leave very satisfied and grateful for the exquisite taste of her food. Her dishes are accompanied by the most refreshing beverages made of the best fruits of the region.

Her routine starts every day at 4 in the morning and ends after noon. She has worked alone since she started this business about three years ago. Since then, she has been excited to see the growth of her business and the preference of her customers.

For the future of her business she hopes to have a restaurant where she can sell her food all day and more calmly. Currently she does it only in the morning. Although she has gained a lot of experience in this job, she feels it's still difficult to wait on all of her customers. Nevertheless, she hopes that all her efforts will produce good results, as they have up to now, because all she wants is to get ahead.

This will be her second loan with MFP. She's grateful for the financial support to firm up her plans. In addition, she's comfortable with her communal bank because she knows the members and considers them to be responsible and supportive people.

With the requested amount of 1000 nuevos soles [PEN] she'll buy the ingredients and supplies she needs to continue preparing her food. She'll also set up her sales stall, buying some tables and chairs she needs to serve more customers.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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