The Success Tempora Chiroque Torres from Peru

“I didn’t progress very far in school. My family needed me to stay home and help with my younger brothers. But I did learn how to work hard. The Mentors training has helped me in my business and in my personal life. I thank Mentors Peru because I am able to track my earnings and know what my profit is every month. I used to be afraid the my business would fail and that I wouldn’t be able to provide for my family. Before my business wasn’t doing well. I didn’t know how I would pay for food to feed my children. I didn’t know what to do to grow my business and be better. My business was a just small sweets shop, yet Mentors Peru still valued me. They gave me classes and a loan. They made me feel important, and that I could become successful.” Now I have much peace and happiness. I have become prosperous. I know that if I continue to work hard with my husband we can continue to grow and we can provide for our family.”

Tempora Chiroque Torres is an enterprising woman from Lima, Peru that decided to change her life for the better. Tempora had a small home business of selling sweets. She knew that if she had additional capital she would be able to grow her business. Tempora went to several different lending institutions inquiring for a loan. These institutions required a form of collateral, which she didn’t have. When Tempora explained that she sold sweets out of her home, no one would take a risk on her.

Tempora was introduced to Mentors Peru through a friend. She was hesitant to attend that first meeting with Mentors Peru. She was afraid that they were just like all of the other lending institutions she had gone to and that they would turn her away..

Tempora says, “Despite the fact that my business was small, Mentors still valued me. They gave me classes and a loan. They made me feel important, and that I could become successful.”

Tempora’s first loan was for about $300 USD. She learned in her classes that it was good to diversify, so she uses her first loan to invest in more inventory for her business. She was able to pay back that first loan on-time. Because of her detailed bookkeeping Tempora knew which sweets were the best to stock in her store. She has been able to increase her income from month to month.

Tempora and her husband wanted to continue to grow and expand their enterprises. They worked together, with the help of Mentors Peru and with another loan they purchased a small parcel of land to farm. “We took a risk, Tempora says, but it was necessary to generate more income.”

Today, Tempora owns her own basic needs store. “I have learned that the customer comes first. That is why I respond quickly and with good service to each client, so they will come back. I am happy and friendly with all of my clients.” She says with a smile.

Tempora’s husband is dedicated to the planting and harvesting the land they purchased together. Because of the training from Mentors Peru, Tempora

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