A loan of $200 helped to buy things like rice, sugar, cooking oil, and utensils like plates, cups, and the rest.

Alesasandro's story

Alessandro, age 29, is a hard-working and diligent man with a great desire to get ahead. He is single and has no children. He lives with his parents and his three siblings, whom he loves very much. He lives very comfortably in his parents’ house.

Alessandro’s business activity is selling food that is typical of the region. He sells at night, and he sells things like “juanes”, which is rice wrapped in a leaf, fried chicken, stir fried rice, and others. In order to do so, he sets up in front of his house every day. He puts out tables and chairs in order to very kindly tend to his customers, who are mostly neighbors and people who are passing by.

He has been doing this business activity for four years. He also sells grilled chicken and ceviche on the week-ends. He has managed to become well-known for doing so, and is sought out for his good seasoning. At times his mother and an assistant help him. He also has a part time job in the mornings working for a polling company. This way he has a number of incomes.

He thinks that his business is profitable. It allows him to have an income to support himself and to help with the household expenses. Also, in addition to having a good demand for his food, he has managed to see daily income and to save money. Therefore, he plans to expand his business and to continue selling food.

This is his fourth loan with MFP. He is counting on a small loan in order to be able to meet his objectives. In addition to feeling comfortable with his communal bank, he considers it to be a cohesive and responsible group.

He will use the requested 500 soles to buy ingredients to prepare his food. He will buy things like rice, sugar, cooking oil, and utensils like plates, cups, and the rest. He will be looking for lower prices by purchasing for cash.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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