A loan of $800 helped to buy lumber.

Leodila's story

Leodila, 48, is a good, kind, very hardworking woman. She’s lived with Riter, 43, for 28 years and they are the parents of two children who are 17 and 21 years old. She was able to buy her own house four years ago thanks to the money she and her spouse were able to save. She spends her days there in the company of her entire family always giving her best to continue moving forward and reach her goals.

Leodila’s business consists in selling lumber and to do so she constantly travels to areas along the river where the lumber she needs is sold. Everything she acquires is transported to the city in one of the boats used for river transport; they she looks for customers. She’s been doing this for nearly a year and works with help from her son-in-law. She also has three additional boats she uses to transport passengers or merchandise to population centers along river banks. Her main function is to enter into contract with merchants that transport goods to these places that are along her route. With respect to people, all she has to do is call them together by means of an informative ad placed in the place she’s headed to and once her boat has the recommended number of passengers she heads out providing all the required safety precautions.

During the time she’s been doing this, she’s learned to know the material needs of inhabitants in the zones she visits and this has helped her determine the amount and frequency of visits she must make carrying the necessary goods. Her profits are very good and this gives her much peace of mind and security to continue facing the adversities that might arise along the way.

This will be MFP loan #3 and she’s very happy to know that she has financial support because she’ll feel surer about advancing in her work. She also commits once again to make her payments punctually like she’s done previously. She’s very happy to belong to her communal bank because all the members are very responsible and mutually supportive. She will use the requested 2,000 soles to buy larger amounts of lumber to continue working in the city.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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