Mirtha is a member of the United Friends village bank.
She is 44 years-old, married, and has two children who are 18 and 15 years-old. The eldest child studies at an institute while the youngest studies at the public school.
Mirtha began working in a retail shop as a salesperson. She worked there for many years but had to quit that job because her mother, who was caring for her children, got cancer and passed away. Shortly after, she started working out of her house, selling groceries like rice, sugar, milk, noodles in a cart. Her business grew until she was able to convert part of her house into a convenience store. Since joining FINCA, her business has improved and she has a variety of merchandise.
Mirtha needs a loan of 2000 soles to buy rice, sugar, detergent, and cases of beer. Her dream is to sell beer wholesale.
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.