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Maria Cecilia
Maria is a member of the Purple Christ communal bank. She is 36 years old and has a 20-year-old daughter who is married. Since she was four years old, she has been involved in selling second-hand clothes. Maria travels all over Peru buying a variety of second-hand clothes that she sells in the market when she returns. She also buys wines from the southern regions of Peru and sells them to neighbors, friends, and family.

Since she joined FINCA, she feels more self-sufficient because she is learning how to invest in her business and save. Maria needs a loan of 800 soles to travel and buy more clothes. Maria’s dream is to be able to work in another country with more opportunities.

Additional Information

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
  • 131
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    Peru Loans Fundraising
  • $58,884,300
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 2.9
    Peru Nuevos Soles (PEN) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $275 helped Maria Cecilia buy more used clothing for resale.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
7 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Aug 14, 2009
Aug 20, 2009
Currency Exchange Loss:
Feb 15, 2010