A loan of $1,175 helped to buy fresh fish in greater quantity and variety.

Elizabeth's story

Gemima, 37, is a very generous, friendly and hardworking woman. She lives with Cesar, who is a merchant and the father of her children. They live comfortably in their own house with their two children, ages 16 and 9. She works a lot to be able to give her family a better quality of life.

Gemima sells fresh fish of all kinds. She starts very early, going to the fishing docks to buy good-quality, fresh fish at various price points. Later she often sells them on the same port, using a speaker to call out to her customers. She gives her customers the most nutritious and delicious products. She sells door-to-door. She started out selling candies and snacks, and with her earnings plus a loan from MFP she began selling fish.

She has been doing this work for more than a year and her husband helps her. She thinks it's profitable because she can make money only working a half day and the rest of the time she can dedicate to her family and her home. She feels good that she brings home good income and always has customers, who she takes care of with an enormous smile and friendly demeanor. Before starting her business she didn't have enough money to cover her household expenses. She has plans to keep working to grow her business.

This is her 5th loan with MFP. She is very happy knowing that she has a financial backer because it gives her the guarantee of continuing to work without worry. She is also very happy to be part of her village bank because all of the members are very responsible and united.

With the requested 3000 soles, she will buy fresh fish in greater quantities and varieties, because she thinks that with greater variety she will have more sales and improve her profit margins.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Mary Berghaus

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