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Luis Alberto
Luis is a fighter. He lives in the city of Camana, Peru, an oasis in the otherwise long and dry Sechura desert that dominates the coast in the southeast part of the country. Camana has historically been an important tourist destination in Peru; nevertheless, the frequent and strong earthquakes and tsunamis in the last decade (an 8.4 in 2001 and an 8.0 in 2007) decimated the city, destroyed the tourist industry of Camana and cost many their jobs, means to make a living and homes. Camana has beautiful beaches that you only have to see to love and you would like to live there. Like Peru, it is well-known for its exquisite gastronomy and one of Luis' favorite dishes is the delicious "Lomo Saltado". Luis only completed fifth year of high school due to his parents' different economic problems, but he would have liked to go to culinary school since he loves to cook. He tells us that he likes to buy cook books to learn new recipes.

Luis works in his business making and selling cakes. He gets up very early. From 3 in the morning he prepares his products because he says that God helps him in the morning. He works for approximately eight hours. In one day, he can earn up to S. 50 but on a good day he can earn up to S.80. He believes his business is going well because every day he works hard to make his products and because his customers are happy with his work.

Luis is very thankful for the Kiva loans because with its great support he can buy more utensils for making his products. With this improvement he will be able to have more income which will permit him to continue saving so that in the future he can accomplish one of his great dreams: to buy a shop from which to sell his products.
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Luis es un luchador, el vive en la ciudad de Camaná, Perú, un oasis en el otro modo de largo y seco desierto de Sechura que domina la costa en la parte sudoeste del país. Camaná ha sido históricamente un importante destino turístico en el Perú, sin embargo, los frecuentes y fuertes terremotos y tsunamis en la última década (un 8,4 en 2001 y 8,0 en 2007) diezmó la ciudad, destruido la industria del turismo en Camaná, y costando muchos de sus puestos de trabajo, los medios de subsistencia, y los hogares, asimismo Camaná tienen unas hermosas playas ya que solo mirarlas uno se enamoraría y les gustaría vivir allí; como el Perú es muy conocido por su exquisita gastronomía y uno de los platillos que más le gusta a Luis es el riquísimo “Lomo Saltado”, Luis solo estudio hasta el quinto año de secundario por diversos problemas económicos de sus padres, pero le hubiera gustado estudiar gastronomía ya que a el le encanta cocinar, nos comenta que le gusta comprar libros de cocina para aprender recetas nuevas.

Luis trabaja en su negocio de elaboración y venta de kekes (tortas pequeñas), se levanta muy temprano, desde las 3 de la mañana el esta preparando sus productos porque el dice al que madruga Dios lo ayuda, aproximadamente le dedica a su negocio 8 horas, en un día puede ganar hasta S/.50 pero en un día muy bueno puede ganar hasta S/. 80, el cree que le va bien en su negocio porque cada dia se esfuerza mucho por elaborar bien sus productos y porque sus clientes se sienten a gusto con su labor.

Luis agradece mucho a los prestatarios Kiva porque con su gran apoyo el podrá comprar más utensilios para la elaboración de sus productos con esta mejora el podrá tener mayores ingresos lo que le permitirá seguir ahorrando para que más adelante puede cumplir uno de sus grandes sueños:”comprar un local para la venta de sus productos”

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About Caja Rural Señor de Luren

Caja Rural Señor de Luren is a microfinance institution based in Ica in southern Peru that primarily promotes the development of the country’s agricultural sector through lending. Today, it also offers credit for consumers, microenterprises and housing improvements, and has expanded its financial services to promote micro-savings and provide micro-insurance. This institution has been instrumental in helping borrowers recover from the devastating earthquake in the Ica region in 2007, and works with Peru’s National Bank to reach some of the poorest and most remote microfinance clients in the country.

About Peru

  • $6,715
    Average annual income
  • 45
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    Peru Loans Fundraising
  • $54,528,450
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 2.7
    Peru Nuevos Soles (PEN) = $1 USD