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Elizabeth Sara
Elizabeth, age 69, lives in the city of Nazca, Ica, Perú. The inhabitants of Nazca are very generous and hospitable people. This city has a cultural heritage that we, as Peruvians, are very proud of because this is where the Nazca lines are found. They were drawn in a big field and were used by the Nasca culture for farming. They were a type of calendar where the people could figure out when the rainy season would be. These majestic lines attract a great number of tourists.

Peru is well-known for its exquisite food, but the dish that Elizabeth likes the most is “Aji de Gallina” (chile chicken). She tells us that she could eat this dish every day without tiring of it. Elizabeth attended school up to the fifth year of high school. However, she would have liked to have studied administration at the university. Because her parents did not have sufficient financial resources, she had to work since she was little in order to help at home.

She has three children, ages 12, 20, and 22. The youngest is in the first year of high school, and the older ones attend the university. Elizabeth struggles a great deal in order to get her children ahead because she is a single mother. She supports them with great devotion because she wants them to be better than she is. She wants them to be proud to have a profession and not to have to experience the hardships she lived through since she was little.

Elizabeth sells sweets, soft drinks, and beer. She used to only sell her products from her tricycle. But, she saved and now has tables where her customers can sit. She works around ten hours a day. She can take care of 30 customers in a day, and she is able to earn up to 100 soles a day; on a very good day she can earn 250 soles. This helps her with the additional household expenses or her children’s additional educational expenses. She believes it is going well for her in her business because of her dedication. She takes very good care of her customers so that they always return to buy her products.

She is now very grateful to the Kiva lenders. Thanks to the support they have given her she will be able to buy more merchandise for her business. With the merchandise she will get greater income in order to improve her quality of life. She will also have a greater variety of products to sell. She will also continue saving in order to fulfill her biggest dreams: To give her children a profession and to build her house.
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Elizabeth tiene 69 años de edad, vive en la ciudad de nazca, Ica, Perú. Nazca es una ciudad cuyos pobladores son muy generosos y hospitalarios, tiene un legado en cuanto a cultura, como peruanos estamos muy orgullosos de esta ciudad ya que alberga las líneas de nazca, estas han sido dibujadas en un extenso campo y eran utilizadas por la cultura Nazca para la agricultura ya que eran una especie de calendario en donde ellos podían saber cuando era la época de lluvia, debido a estas majestuosas líneas esta ciudad alberga cada año infinidad de turistas, asimismo el Peru es muy conocido por su exquisita gastronomía, pero el platillo que le agrada mas a Elizabeth es el riquísimo “Aji de Gallina”, ella nos comenta que comeria ese platillo todos los días sin cansarse; Elizabeth estudio hasta el quinto año de secundaria, pero ella hubiera querido estudiar en la universidad administración, debido a que sus padres no tenían los suficientes medios económicos y ella tuvo que trabajar desde pequeña para apoyar en casa. Tiene 3 hijos cuyas edades comprenden 12, 20, 22 el menor cursa el primer año de secundaria y los mayores estudian en la universidad, Elizabeth lucha mucho por sacar adelnate a sus hijos ya que es madre soltera y con dedicación los apoya mucho, ya que ella quiere que sean mejores que ella y que se sientan orgullosos de tener una profesión, asi como también que no pasen las penurias que ella vivio desde pequeña.

Elizabeth se dedica a la venta de golosinas, bebidas gaseosas y cervezas, anteriormente ella vendía sus productos solo en su triciclo pero ahorro y ahora tiene unas mesas para que los clientes tomen asiento, ella trabaja alrededor de 10 horas diarias, puede atender hasta 30 clientes en el día y pueden ganar hasta S/. 100, en un día muy bueno puede ganar S/.250, con lo que le ayuda en los gastos adicionales del hogar o los gastos adicionales de estudios de sus hijos. Ella cree que le va bien en su negocio por su dedicación y porque atiende muy bien a los clientes para que siempre vuelvan a comprar sus productos.

Actualmente está muy agradecida con los prestatarios Kiva ya que gracias al apoyo brindado ella podrá comprar más mercadería para su negocio y con ello obtener mayores ingresos para mejorar su calidad de vida y tener mayor variedad de productos que ofrecer, asi como también seguir ahorrando para cumplir sus mas grandes sueños:” Darle una profesión a sus hijos” y “Terminar la construcción de su vivienda”.

Additional Information

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
  • 71
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    Peru Loans Fundraising
  • $53,951,425
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 2.7
    Peru Nuevos Soles (PEN) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $300 helped Elizabeth Sara to buy merchandise (sweets and soft drinks).
100% repaid
Repayment Term
8 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Jan 10, 2012
Listed
Jan 16, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible
Ended:
Aug 15, 2012