A loan of $400 helped to buy rice, sugar and noodles, among others.

Natividad's story

Natividad, 51, is a hardworking, cheerful woman. She’s separated from the father of her children. She lives with her aged mother and her son, Joel, 29, who she loves very much. She lives in a house that’s her property and that she inherited from her father. Natividad’s activity is selling groceries and foodstuffs. To do so, she opened a grocery store inside her house because economic need was severe and the stipends or child support she got wasn’t enough. She decided to start this business six years ago and this time has served her to grow and expand. She has many customers most of which are neighbors who she tends to with help from her mother occasionally. She considers her business to be quite profitable because it’s well-received and it’s in high demand; it yields good profits.

She likes her activity because it allows her to socialize with her neighbors and have more friends and to be able to talk about topics she’s interested in; she also likes to feel occupied and to be a productive person.

Thanks to her income she’s able to cover her household needs. On the other hand, she does not like it when her customers are late making their payments on the loans credit she gives for her products’ sales. She’s thinking about not providing this credit any longer in order to have more cash on-hand and invest in expanding the business.

This is MFP loan #12 and she feels happy about having this support to make business progress so she commits to make her payments punctually. She also feels comfortable in her communal bank because she considers the members to be responsible and mutually supportive.

She will use the requested 1,000 new soles to buy edible products like rice, sugar and noodles, among others to stock up on merchandise for her store thus continuing to satisfy her customers.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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