A loan of $800 helped to buy rice, sugar, eggs, milk and oil.

Lastenia's story

Lastenia, 47, is a hardworking, enterprising woman who very much wants to make progress. She’s married to Simón who is employed. She lives with her husband and 27-year-old daughter in her own house.

Lastenia’s activity is selling basic staple grocery items like rice, sugar, bread, milk, eggs, oil, noodles, tuna and others. To do so, she has a home-based grocery store. She tends to her customers there offering products. Her customers for the most part are her very neighbors. She has taken care of all of them graciously and kindly for the entire five years her store has been in operation. She works alone with the occasional help from her husband when he has free time.

She likes her work because it allows her to stay in the comfort of her home and the income it generates helps her husband cover household expenses. On the other hand, she doesn’t much like when some of her customers lag behind making payments when credit has been extended to them but she does not let that discourage her and she continues working with the same dedication. Now, she plans to continue with her work and to make it grow.

This is MFP loan # 11 and she’s grateful for the opportunity she’s being given to make her plans reality. Also, she feels comfortable working with her communal bank because she likes the work the members do.

She will use the requested 2,000 new soles to buy more grocery items like bread, rice, sugar, eggs, milk and oil seeking out the best prices for cash purchases.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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