A loan of $600 helped to buy rice, sugar, eggs, beans, vegetables, fruits and other items.

Zulita's story

Zulita, 40, is an enterprising, work loving woman. She has three children, aged 19, 16 and 8 months, and lives together with her partner. They live together in their own home, which they built as a result of years of hard work, effort and saving. They love each other and she works hard to ensure that they succeed.

Zulita's business sells groceries and basic necessities. She opens her shop very early every day to serve the customers who come to her shop in search of products. Her store is the best stocked in her neighbourhood and her customers do not hesitate to shop there, not only because of this, also because of the quality brands hat she offers and the warm and friendly service that she provides with every word so that her customers always feel welcome.

She remembers that, when she started her business, she did not have many products and she could not get good sales during the day. However she looked for a solution, raised a small amount of capital and in small stages she went about setting up her little shop and now her sales are going well. She has now been running her business for 3 years and always receives help from her partner.

Her favourite thing about work is talking to her customers and seeing them starts her day with a smile. She thinks the hardest thing is getting up early to work in the shop and raising her baby when she is so tired. She knows that it is her job and needs to be done however, and she hopes that in the future her business will grow and will provide better economic rewards.

This is her second loan with MFP, she is grateful for the knowledge that she has financial support as it helps her to feel more secure when advancing with her business, she also commits to making her payments according to the schedule. She is happy to belong to her communal bank as all of the members are responsible and caring.

With the requested money (1500 PEN) she will buy wholesale products to stock her grocery store with items like rice, sugar, eggs, beans, greens and fruits, etc.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sara Godwin

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