A loan of $600 helped to buy rice, sugar, groceries, fuel and other items.

Rosa's story

Rosa is 34 years old. She is an enterprising, cheerful and very friendly woman, with a great desire to get ahead in life. She lives with her partner, and is the mother of three children: Anthony, 19; Jesi, 14; and Rosita, 10, whom she loves very much and who are her motivation for continuing to work.

They are comfortably settled in their own home, which they bought with a great deal of effort. Rosa's business is selling groceries such as rice, sugar, cooking oil and other items. All these products she sends to settlements located on the banks of the rivers and to areas far from the city, where her brother lives. He receives all the merchandise and sells it to the local inhabitants.

Along with this work, she also sells meals in the evenings in front of her home. This way she manages to raise enough capital to pay her household's expenses and her children's education. Rosa began more than two years ago, but remembers that before, her earnings were not enough to pay for her children's needs. Now, seeing the good results she is getting, she plans to continue increasing the volume of her purchases.

This is her third loan with the MFP institution. Therefore she is grateful for the access to financing that they offer, enabling her to meet her objectives. In addition, she feels comfortable working with the members of her communal bank, as she considers them responsible and supportive people.

With the amount applied for of 1500 nuevos soles, she will invest in the purchase of a variety of merchandise, such as rice, sugar, groceries, fuel and other items to send to her brother, so that he can sell products to people who live in the settlements along the river.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jeff Goldie

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