Patricia is 33 years old and has one child. She is a single parent. Patricia works as a primary school teacher (and teacher coordinator) and is also engaged in a number of business ventures. She has a motorcycle taxi which she rents out daily to a driver. She also owns a lawnmower that she rents out.
Patricia has been working with Kiva partner Manuela Ramos for six years and is a member of the communal bank “Las Doncellas.” She invested her very first loan of 300 soles (about $100) in beauty products for sale. Patricia will use this loan of 3000 soles to buy another lawnmower.
Patricia is happy to be working with Manuela Ramos because she can exchange ideas with other members of her communal bank. In this way, Patricia feels that she is developing more personally and also contributing to the personal development of other members of her communal bank.
With her business ventures, Patricia also helps her siblings. Patricia’s goal is to eventually purchase two more lawnmowers.