A loan of $200 helped to buy ingredients she uses daily.

Carolina's story

Carolina, 51, is a good, honest, very kind woman living with her spouse of many years; she has three children attending university and lives in her own house with her family. She continues working hard and moving forward for them.

Carolina’s main activity consists in selling various food items she prepares herself daily. She sells cured meat, sausages, paté and other products derived from pork. She also makes ‘juanes’ [similar to a tamale, except made with rice, spices, a stuffing, and wrapped in the the leaf of the bijao. The stuffing can be fish, chicken, or even simply manioc], corn 'humitas' [prepared with fresh corn combined with lard and salt and queso fresco for a savory dish or with fresh corn with lard, sugar, cinnamon and raisins for a sweet dish] and tamales. She’s a very skilled cook and is known as one of the women with the tastiest food in the city. She has a strategically located sales stand in the main market in the place where she lives. She still remembers nostalgically but very proudly how she started in this business 25 years ago and has seen with the passage of time that her effort and perseverance to become consolidated in the marketplace has led to fruits and accomplishments she can now enjoy. What she likes best about her work is preparing her dishes enjoying their aroma and flavor knowing that her regular diners will enjoy every dish she offers. She also feels proud because her only daughter is following in her footsteps in this activity in addition to training to become a professional.

She hopes to continue making progress adding more food items to her stand. This will be MFP loan #1 and she’s grateful to those who make her loan possible so she can continue towards her objectives. On the other hand, she’s very committed to making her payments punctually. She’s very happy to belong to her communal bank because all the members are very good, kind and mutually supportive. She will use the requested 500 soles to buy ingredients like rice, condiment, oil, etc. she uses every day to prepare the meals.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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