A loan of $800 helped to buy more fish as recently she has been having a greater demand and she wants to buy more variety of fish.

Maria's story

María, 59 years old, is a very friendly and hardworking woman. She is single and lives in her own house with her son, her daughter-in-law, and grandson and she helps to raise and educate him.

Maria’s work is buying and selling fish, walking through the street distributing her product to the inhabitants, which she buys at very affordable prices. She has many customers, as she sells the freshest and most delicious fish from the market and she is a very friendly saleswoman, who always gives her customers a smile. Depending on the season she offers sardines, pompano, catfish, paiche, doncella or others.

She has being doing this work for 30 years walking the city streets inch by inch. She likes her work because she can talk with her customers and joke with them, and also she makes a good income as she always has considerable sales. At first when she began this work it was very complicated as she did not know how to preserve the fish that she had not been able to sell and throwing it out at a loss and losing her investment, but over time she learned and now she is doing much better. She hopes to have a little refrigerator in the future where she can sell her fish without feat that it will spoil in the intense heat of the sun.

This is the third loan through MFP. She is very happy to know that she has financial support as she feels more secure going ahead in her business, and she promises once more to complete the payments punctually as she does not want to leave a bad impression about herself in front of the members of her group.

With the requested amount of 2000 soles, she will buy more fish, because recently she has been having a greater demand and she wants to expand her variety of fish.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Gail LeGrand

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