A loan of $400 helped to buy staple products for her grocery store.

Santosa's story

Santosa, 54, is a simple woman. She has been a widow for 29 years, and since then she has raised her four children by herself. They are now educated and on the right track in life. She currently lives alone in the house which she bought thirty years ago.

She used to plant crops and raise animals, like all of the other rural farmers. When her husband died, she bought a house in the plaza of her town. It was there that she had the idea to open a grocery store, because there were none in the area. Over time, she earned a good income. The competition increased, but that didn't discourage her because she had faithful clients who never stopped shopping in her store. With time, she consolidated her business and now she is one of the most respected businesswomen in the area. Many of the town's inhabitants do their shopping in her store.

She would now like to increase her working capital in order to continue taking care of her clients. She belongs to the "Niño Jesús" communal bank, and this is her eighth loan with MFP. She is grateful for the opportunity to progress and she promises to make her payments on time. She also enjoys being a member of her association, where everyone is united and supportive.

Santosa will invest this money in the purchase of staple products for her grocery store.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Amy Volz

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