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Maria is a member of the communal bank “Melcochita.” She is a 44 year old widow and mother of four children, the youngest of whom is 14 and a student in the state school. After having worked as a cook in private homes for several years, Maria had saved enough to open a small grocery store in her home. Her store has been open for two years but she continues to work as a cook while her daughter watches the store.

Maria has learned to value the money she has and to make her loan payments responsibly. She needs a loan of 1,600 soles to stock her grocery store with oil, rice, sugar, and milk.

Maria hopes to grow her business and open a restaurant because she likes cooking.
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Maria es socia del Bancomunal Melcochita.
Maria es Viuda tiene 44 años, cuatro hijos el menos tiene 14 años que esta en al escuela estatal.
Maria empezó a trabajar en casas cocinando por varios años, ahorro hasta poner una bodega en su casa hace dos años, pero igual ella sigue saliendo a trabajar en casa mientras que su hija se queda atendiendo al publico.
DesD. que Maria esta en Finca aprendió a valorar el dinero que tiene en sus manos y a ser responsable con el pago del préstamo.
Maria necesita un préstamo D. 1600 soles, para surtir su bodega, aceite arroz, azúcar y leche.
El sueño D. Maria es que su negocio crezca más y abrir un restaurante por que le gusta cocinar.

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About FINCA Peru

This loan is administered by FINCA Peru, one of Kiva’s Field Partners in Peru. FINCA Peru is dedicated to empowering socially and economically disadvantaged women in Peru, contributing to the development of their families, and building sustainable communities.

In 1990, FINCA Peru began by lending to a small group of women widowed by the Shining Path terrorist movement in Ayacucho. Beyond loans and financial services, FINCA offers business development training, personal and family development training, gender empowerment sessions, life insurance products, and financial and social literacy sessions for the children of borrowers. Visit FINCA Peru’s Kiva Field Partner page to learn more.

About Peru

  • $12,000
    Average annual income
  • 94
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    Peru Loans Fundraising
  • $57,998,275
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 3.0
    Peru Nuevos Soles (PEN) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $550 helped Maria stock small grocery store with oil, rice, sugar, and milk.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
7 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jul 16, 2009
Jul 22, 2009
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jan 17, 2010