A loan of $1,200 helped to buy rice, sugar, preserves, and panettones.

Mary's story

Mary, 21, is a young woman who has a strong desire to succeed. She has formed a small family with Listion and her little, Nayeli, who is 3 years old. Together they have a lot of dreams for the future. They live in their parent's home, which is a rental. Having financial support from Listion, she decided to also participate in supporting the household finances as quickly as she could while also taking care of her child. To do this, she started up a small grocery store. Now, two years later, she is proud to be participating in the financial growth of her young family.

She comments that she chose a grocery store business because she felt that farming would be very difficult for her, and because she wanted to provide as much attention as possible to her little one. Thanks to a store that she rented with the support of her parents she is always in her business and is making a lot of friends. This has made her very well-known in the neighborhood.

Seeing that this is a good season for all of the merchants in the area, she doesn't want to miss out. Therefore, she plans to purchase staple consumer products and groceries, such as various brands of panettones (sweet holiday bread), so that she can generate good sales at the end of the year. She will also stock up with merchandise purchased at wholesale so that she can generate additional earnings.

Mary's financial goals over the long run are to buy a plot of land and later build a home on it. With the 3,000 Peruvian soles she requests she hopes to stock up her business for the end-of-year sales, including groceries purchased as wholesale such as rice, sugar, preserves, and panettones.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar

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