A loan of $800 helped to buy plantains, vegetables and other products such as rice, eggs, oil and sugar.


Ofelia's story

Ofelia is 56 years old, kind, hardworking and has a strong desire to get ahead. She is married to Teófilo, with whom she has four children. Teófilo works as a nursing technician. She lives with her husband, three daughters and three grandchildren in her own home that she bought with her husband. Ofelia’s business is selling groceries. She sells vegetables, plantains, eggs, bread, flour, rice, oil and sugar, among other things. She operates her business from a stall built on the façade of her home. From here she waits on each one of her customers in a very kind and friendly manner. Her daughter helps her with the business, which Ofelia has been running now for six years. She considers her business a success because it has helped her out of her financial difficulties and has allowed her to help her husband with the household expenses. She likes her business because it allows her to be in her home and look after her children and grandchildren. On the other hand, she has not liked the few times that she has not been able to sell all of her products before they spoiled – especially vegetables that perish in a few days – causing her to lose her investment. But this has not discouraged her, and instead she has more carefully calculated her sales so that she can buy only what is necessary and therefore avoid that any products go bad before being sold. Ofelia plans to continue to grow her business by looking for ways to increase her sales. With the requested amount of 2000 PEN, she will buy plantains, vegetables and other products such as rice, eggs, oil and sugar.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Graham Robinson


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