A loan of $1,200 helped to buy newspapers.

Dina's story

Dina, 59, is a very hardworking, dedicated woman who very much wants to get ahead. She’s been a widow for the last 23 years. She lives with her two children who are 35 and 26 years of age and who keep her company and support her; she lives in her own house.

Dina’s activity is selling newspapers. She rises very early every day and at dawn heads to the print shop where she buys her newspapers. Everything she gets she takes to her sales stand located in a well-known, local market. Sometimes she sells from place to place wandering through the city streets. She’s been in this business for 22 years and has become well-known so she has a considerable number of customers that buy their newspapers from her every day. Her son sometimes helps her sell but she usually works alone. She likes her business because she’s been able to raise her children by means of it and to support them throughout their youth. She learned this activity thanks to the encouragement she got from a neighbor and seeing the profits she netted she decided to continue with; it’s her main source of work.

She hopes to continue forward and to save money that will take her through a worry-free old age. This is MFP loan #11 so she’s grateful for the support provided to access credit and continue towards her objectives. On the other hand, she feels happy with the members of her communal bank because she considers them to be responsible, mutually supportive people. She will use the requested 3,000 new soles to buy newspapers progressively.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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