A loan of $475 helped to buy an industrial stove.

María's story

At 47, María owns her home where she lives with her husband and three children. Her dedication to her work has been the source of great development opportunities, such as installing a small restaurant in from of her local market, where she has worked daily for 10 years from daybreak when she goes out to purchase what she needs to when it is time to prepare the meals she offers her customers from midday. Despite this, she can also be found selling at nighttime when she offers delicious suppers. In order to increase her sales she also tries to have a new menu plan daily, making improvements over time as this is a very profitable enterprise due to her ability to season her dishes well, an ability she inherited from her mother. Now, thanks to this great talent she is planning to buy a industrial stove as this will allow her to spped up her work preparing the food and she will have more satisfied clients. María has been working with MFP, an institution which has helped her improve her business and where she feels very comfortable because of the bonds she has formed with her fellow group-members. She will use the loan to buy a industrial stove valued at 1,500 soles and which will be a very useful tool for her work as a cook.

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