A loan of $1,125 helped to purchase merchandise for her grocery store.

Karina Dengse's story

Karina is 24 years old and lives in Imperial which is located about an hour and a half south of Lima. Imperial, with its sandy beaches, pre-Incan ruins and production of Peru's beloved national liquor, el Pisco (a type of liquor made from grapes), has long been a tourist destination for well-heeled Peruvians. But the true Imperial is a warm, peaceful city with a large Afro-Peruvian population, the result of an indigenous history and the influence of Spanish imperialism. The city, along with others near the Pacific coast, was damaged in the 2001 and 2007 earthquakes in Peru, but has born up as it has throughout most of its history. Karina has studied through the eleventh grade. Since her parents did not have enough economic resources to pay for her studies, she was not able to continue on to study the field of law.

Karina lives in her parents' home, whom she supports with the fruits of her labor since she tells us that they, in spite of their few resources, have helped her greatly. Karina devotes herself to the business of selling groceries in her neighborhood market, which she has done for seven months now, devoting much effort to getting ahead. She works about eight hours a day and may serve up to 25 customers a day. She believes it is going well in her business because she provides good customer service since she likes for the customers to return and recommend her to others.

Currently she is very grateful to the Kiva lenders since with the help provided she will be able to purchase more merchandise for her business. With this improvement she will be able to have more variety in the products she sells and thus obtain a better income in order to continue saving. She hopes to expand her business and achieve her greatest dream: "To continue her advanced studies."

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Meg Wolfe-Roberts

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