A loan of $200 helped to buy the kind of fish most sought after.

Maria's story

María, 43 years old, is a kind, good, and enterprising woman. She has brought up her four children who are 27, 24, 19 and 16 years old. All of them are grown and studying. They live in their own home sharing the desire and eagerness of getting ahead and improving their day to day quality of life.

María’s work is selling fresh fish. Every day she goes to the fishing harbor in the city to buy fish at wholesale. Later she sorts them by type and size, and finally she sells them per kilo and many times she is able to triple her initial investment. She has a stand in the market, and there she sells all morning, and sometimes returning home in the afternoon she takes what is left to sell while she does some household chores.

She works with the help of her 27 year old son. She is in charge of selling the fish after getting them from the established suppliers. Her customers range from people passing by to fishmongers. She has been in this business about 24 years and she knows it well and she has become an excellent woman manager in her work, always making a good income from it.

She likes what she does. She has good income which helps her continue paying the household expenses. She wants to continue working and later she hopes to obtain a bigger sales stall and a fishing boat so she can supply herself with the product she sells.

This is her second loan through MFP. She is grateful for the opportunity and confidence they put in her to grant a loan, and she promises to complete her payments in a punctual manner. Furthermore, she likes being a part of the communal bank that she belongs to because the members are responsible and supportive of each other.

She will invest the 500 soles in the purchase of fish of the kind most sought after.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Gail LeGrand

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