A loan of $400 helped to stock her business.


Martha's story

Martha is 48 years old and is a happy, friendly woman. She’s also a hard worker with a desire to get ahead. She’s married to Jesus who works as a driver and is the father of her children, ages 23 and 16. They live in a home of their own with her father.

Martha sells soft drinks of different brands and flavors. She also sells sweets and sells for cash out of her home to her neighbors and passersby. She has been doing this for six years and has her daughter’s support, who serves customers while she is out of the house.

She likes her business because of the income and because she can be comfortably in her home and have spare time to dedicate to other activities. She considers her business to be profitable because of the demand she has and the earnings she gets. She plans to expand her business and begin selling fast food. This will be her 5th loan though MFP and she is hoping for a small loan so she can meet her objectives. She says that she feels comfortable with her communal bank because she likes the work.

She will use the 1,000 PEN from this loan to buy merchandise to stock her store with soft drinks and various snacks. .

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes


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