Patricia is a member of the United Friends village bank. She is 40 years old, married, and has two children who are 13 and 4. Both are studying at the public school. Patricia studied cosmetology and goes to her clients’ houses when they require haircuts, hairstyling, and hair dying. She also works with her husband at their carpenter’s workshop at a rented space. She learned to sand the wood and fulfill some orders from customers. Since joining FINCA Peru, the loans have helped Patricia a lot because she is able to buy more merchandise and take more purchase orders. Patricia needs a loan of 1,200 soles to buy oak wood and pressure-treated wood. Her dream is that her business will grow so she can continue to give an education to her children.
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.