A loan of $1,125 helped to purchase scaffolding and materials.

Iveth Mirella's story

Iveth Mirella lives in Mala, Perú, which is located about an hour and a half south of Lima. Known for its sandy beaches, Pre-Incan ruins, and production of the beloved national liquor, Pisco (a type of grape brandy), Mila has long been a tourist destination for wealthy Peruvians. Mila is a warm and quiet city that has a large Afro-Peruvian population. The remains of an indigenous trail are located here and the influence of the Spanish empire is evident. The city, along with others near the Pacific coast, was damaged during the earthquakes in 2001 and 2007 but bore nature’s beatings as it has for much of its history. As is well known, Perú is characterized by the most delicious meals in the world and one of Iveth’s favorite dishes is milanesa (a typical meat dish dipped in egg and bread crumbs).

Iveth studied until the fifth year in high school but would very much like to study Graphic Design. Iveth is a single mother and has a little boy who is only one year old. She is very tenacious and works about ten hours a day selling fruit. When she was a little girl, Iveth helped her mother sell fruit and learned what it means to earn bread from the sweat of the brow. This experience encouraged her to have her own business and she has well learned how to manage it in the same way. On any given day, she may have as many as 70 customers and this allows her to earn approximately S/. 400 daily. On a good day she may earn S/. 650, which helps her with some of the extra household expenses, especially the expenses for her one year old baby. She believes that the success of her business is due to the variety and quality of the products she offers.

Today, she is very grateful for the Kiva loans because thanks to the support offered, she has been able to buy scaffolding and materials for her business. This improvement will help her to increase her business and obtain better income in order to improve the quality of life for her family. In addition, she will be able to have a sales stand in her home in a few months where she will offer fruits and later sell wholesale soft drinks. She will use the loan to continue investing in her business and it will help her in the future to fulfill her great dream: to have a wholesale soft drink business.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Eleanor Francoletti-Putz

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