A loan of $600 helped to buy essential goods and vegetables.

Felicita's story

Felicita, 43, is enterprising, hardworking, always looking for new and better opportunities, and doesn't stop until she has achieved her goals. She and Carlos, her life partner of 25 years, have four children. The youngest is just six and needs the attention and care only parents can give. They live in the house her husband built with their savings.

Every day Felicita wakes very early to go to the market and buy ingredients to prepare different regional dishes such as juanes, fried rice and vegetables, and grilled meats. Her business is in her house, and she starts serving in the afternoon. Sales are excellent, and her profits are good.The business has been open for three years, and her husband helps her. Earlier, she had a store, but it didn't provide sufficient income, so she opted for this business.

Though the business is prospering, she feels that it is not enough; therefore, she started serving sodas and beer, which has been a success. Heavy rains have occasionally reduced sales below what she needs to achieve, so she wants to upgrade her modest restaurant and continue to make progress.

The is her 15th loan cycle with MFP. Her communal bank members say she is always responsible. She is pleased to have the opportunity to make a new investment and is certain she will make her payments on time, as before. She is committed to her communal bank and does not want to leave a bad impression with the members nor with the institution. She will use the loan of 1500 soles to buy essential goods, vegetables, and other ingredients to prepare the foods she sells.

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