A loan of $600 helped to buy essential items to stock her store.

Noemi's story

Sixty-seven-year-old Noemi is a hardworking and enterprising woman who really wants to get ahead. She has been separated for many years now. Her children are independent. She lives in her own home with a young lady she hired for her company.

Noemi's business is selling essential grocery items from a small store she set up in her home. This is where serves her customers, who are mainly her own neighbors, with kindness and courtesy. For the five years she has had her store, she has worked with the help of a young lady she hired and occasionally with the help of her children when they visit.

She likes her work because it allows her to be in the comfort of her own home. She also likes the income it generates to cover her basic household expenses. On the other hand, she does not like it when some of her customers fall behind on their credit payments, but this does not discourage her and she keeps working with the same enthusiasm. She currently plans to continue with her business and to make it grow.

This will be her second loan with MFP. She hopes for their support so she can solidify her plans. In addition to feeling comfortable with her communal bank, she likes the work it does to help people move ahead with their projects.

With the requested 1,500 nuevos soles, she will buy more groceries and look for better prices for her cash purchases so she can stock her store and remain her customers' favorite.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Alyson Trowbridge

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