A loan of $1,375 helped to buy stock merchandise for her store.

Leyla's story

Leyla, 41, is an enterprising, determined woman with dreams; she likes to accomplish what she proposes. She works hard because she wants to provide a better quality of life and a good education for the five children she has with Félix. She lives in her own house that she built alongside her spouse 18 years ago.

Leyla’s work consists in selling groceries and basic staple items. She has a small stand on a very busy corner in the city’s main market where she sells many products daily and earns good profits. Patience is one of her main virtues and this has allowed her to face competition since she started in business. She took on growth challenges and today, motivated by her wish to become better, she sells always cheerfully and gratefully. She sells cleaning supplies and varied grocery items like rice, sugar and oil, among others. She buys at wholesale from commercial stores weekly. She’s been in business six years and has always worked alone although her sister does help her occasionally.

She’s passionate about her business because she likes to be in contact with people because she experiences new things every day. Also, her work makes it possible for her to earn income her family needs to cover basic expenses like food and utilities. Her great desire is to have her own shopping center where she can sell the things she currently stocks at wholesale.

This is MFP loan #16. She’s always been a very good member of her communal bank where she’s very well liked for being very responsible and supportive. She is grateful that she’s being granted a loan because it will back her up so she can stay in business. She’s convinced that she will continue to be a very punctual member and will make her installment payments on time like she’s done with all the loans she’s had to date. She will use the requested 3,500 soles to buy sacks of rice, eggs, oil, detergent, soap, sugar and noodles among other products to continue with her work.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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