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A loan of $225 helped to buy more clothing to retail.

Maria's story

Forty-eight years old, Maria is the mother of two happy youths: Juan, 20, and Mirella, 18 who live with her in a house she owns. Maria wants to be able to afford to educate her children beyond High School and start them on a good career. She leaves home very early in order to tend to her stall from which she sells clothing in the Mercado Bellavista (an important market in the city of Puno). Every day she takes care of customers who come to buy: she greets them in a happy manner and is very attentive to them. The hardest part of Maria's job is bringing the clothing from Bolivia as the trip is very long and exhausting. Nevertheless, she continues firm in the conviction that she will have a larger store in the future, a store where she will be able to offer a greater variety of clothes as her favourite thing is to sell and she is very convincing. She has had this business for five years now, which has allowed her to give her children a decent life. This is Maria's first loan with MFP and she is already saving in order to repay the loan. She always sets aside part of her sales; she is a very active member of her community bank and very responsible. She will invest in the purchase of more clothing to increase the variety of clothes she sells.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer L K

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