A loan of $400 helped to purchase a greater quantity of different products and groceries so that she can offer greater variety to her customers.

Marianela's story

Marianela, 28 years old, is a very hardworking, enterprising and happy woman. She lives with Hemilton, with whom she has two children, who are 10 and 6 years old. She lives with all of them in her own home and it is there that she confronts the difficulties of getting ahead every day.

Marianela has a business selling groceries, such as rice, milk, cooking oil, eggs, sugar, noodles and soft drinks. She established a small grocery store in her home where she waits on customers in a cordial and friendly manner everyday, starting very early in the morning. The majority of her customers are her neighbors with whom she has a friendly and respectful relationship. Her store has been in operation for 6 months and she generally works alone, although she gets help from her partner occasionally.

She likes her grocery store business because it enables her to be at home during the day and participate in her children’s school activities as well as perform household duties. In addition, the earnings she receives help her to pay for basic family expenses. Seeing the good outcome that she has had until now, she has plans to continue with the business and to expand and improve her small store.

This is Marianela’s first loan from MFP. She is very pleased to know that she has financial support because she feels more confident about succeeding in her work. She is also committed to making her payments on time and assures that she is comfortable working with her communal bank because all of the members are very responsible and supportive.

With the sum of S/. 1,000 requested, she will purchase greater quantities of different products and groceries so that she can provide greater variety to her customers.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Diane Chaney

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