A loan of $725 helped to buy clothing.

Carmen's story

Carmen is 57 years old and is a happy, friendly woman with lots of business experience. She lives with 55 year old Dennis who is a fisherman, with her parents, and children, ages 20 and 17 in a home that she built with help from her husband and many years of work.

Carmen sells used clothing in the nearby zones around Los Rios, where she travels frequently by river. People from these areas request various types of clothing from her. She buys the clothing in different shopping areas in the city and then sells them in each place she visits. She’s been doing this for three years. [Carmen] works alone but travels with her husband, since he is a fisherman; she takes advantage of the time to make her sales while he accomplishes his fishing tasks. When she is back in town she sells snacks such as cookies, candy, and other things.

She likes both businesses because they keep her busy and she started them out of need for having a trade to count on for an income to help pay the household expenses and her children’s education. What she doesn’t like, she says, is that sometimes there is not enough fish to cover the cost of fishing. Many times it’s because of the scarcity of fish or the growth of Los Rios, but this does not discourage her and she continues forward. She plans to continue with her business.

This will be her third loan through MFP and therefore is grateful to those who make this loan possible so that she can continue with her objectives. She is also very committed to making her payments on time as with the previous loans. She is very happy to be with the communal bank because all the members are good, friendly, and united.

She will use the (S/. 1,800) to buy bales of clothing and continue working.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes

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