A loan of $400 helped to buy products such as rice, sugar, plantains and other items.

Jalia's story

Jalia is a woman of 45. She is married, with three children, and currently lives in her own house with her partner and the youngest of her children.

Jalia's main work is selling groceries and for this reason she has set aside a space in her home to offer products such as rice, sugar, cooking oils, eggs, milk, bread, tea and other items. She frequently goes to the market to buy the products she sells, spending a large part of her savings.

She does this work alone and runs her store all day long. She has been in this business for more than six years, and fortunately, since she began has not suffered significant financial losses. As well, in the winter season she sells chickens, as at this time of year the selling price for this product increases, and that benefits her.

What she likes about her business is that it allows her to have an income with which to help her partner with the basic household expenses. In addition she can manage her finances in an organized way, looking to her future. Later on she hopes to set up a larger store and stock it with new products.

On this occasion she will request 1000 soles. She is happy to know that she will have the financial support to make her plans a reality. With the amount requested she will buy a greater quantity of groceries, such as rice, sugar, plantains and eggs, as they are the products requested most by her customers.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jeff Goldie

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