A loan of $800 helped to buy cumin, pepper, turmeric, garlic, cilantro, cold meats, etc.

Karina's story

Karina, 36, always was a dedicated woman and a dreamer. She never hesitates to achieve something because she's someone who likes to accomplish what she sets out to. She's married to Lucio, 47, with whom she's the mother of a 20-year-old child, Dany. She works a lot because she wants to give her son a better quality of life and a good education so he can face life.

Karina leaves home early every day and goes to a very busy market in the city where she has a small condiment stall or "especería," as it's known in that area. She makes different combinations of condiments to sell to her loyal customers who always shop at her stall because of her good treatment and the fair prices of her products. She has been doing this work for 13 years and she always worked alone as she does now.

Everything she does in her stall is very good for her because during her time working there she learned how to acquire a good number of customers who always shop with her, which generates good sales and good profits. She hopes to continue working a lot to be able to make her business and her finances grow.

This is her sixteenth loan with MFP. She always was a good member in her communal bank, where she's greatly admired because she's responsible and supportive. She's grateful to those who will give her the loan she needs to be able to continue expanding her business. She's convinced that she'll continue to be a very punctual client and that she'll make her payments on time, as she did with all her previous loans.

With the requested amount of 2000 soles [PEN] she'll buy ingredients, condiments, and spices to increase the variety of products she offers to her customers, including cumin, pepper, turmeric, garlic, cilantro, cold meats, etc.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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