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Epifanio Rufino
Epifanio is a hardworking, enthusiastic man who despite being 54 years old still has the spirit of a 20 year old. He’s the father of three children who he had to raise alone because having lost his wife he became both father and mother to them. Despite going through this sorrow and still feeling his wife and companion’s absence in his heart, with much valor and sacrifice he started to work even harder every day so that his children could get ahead and to show them that even though sad or bad things can happen to us one has to continue because life goes on and above all because even though his wife was no longer physically by their side she would always be in their hearts.

Epifanio is a fisherman, an occupation he likes very much although he would have liked to study Fishing Engineering. He is a good fisherman thanks to the experience he has in the sea. He works from 2 in the afternoon until 6 in the morning. It’s hard work but Epifanio likes it very much above all because his father taught him this occupation.

Epifanio is very grateful to Kiva lenders because thanks to the help they’ve given him he will be able to buy nets to fish with since the ones he has now are torn and sometimes he can’t fish very well because of that. With this improvement he will fish much better and have more product to offer which will improve his income. He will thus continue striving every day to make his great dream a reality: “To have a boat of his own.”
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Epifanio es un hombre trabajador y entusiasta a pesar de sus 54 años el tiene el espíritu de un joven de 20 años, es padre de 3 hijos a los cuales tuvo que criar solo ya que por una fatalidad perdió a su esposa y se convirtió en padre y madre para ellos, a pesar de haber pasado por esta pena, aunque todavía siente en su corazón la ausencia de su esposa y compañera, con mucha valentía y sacrificio empezó a trabajar mas duro cada dia para poder hacer que sus hijos sigan adelante y demostrarles que a pesar de las cosa tristes o malas que nos puedan pasan hay que salir adelante porque la vida sigue y sobre todo porque a pesar de que su esposa ya no estaba a su lado físicamente siempre va estar en sus corazones. Epifanio es pescador y es un oficio que le agrada mucho, aunque a él le hubiera gustado estudiar Ingeniería pesquera.

Es un buen pescador y ello gracias a la experiencia que él tiene en el mar, trabaja desde las 2 de la tarde y regresa a casa a las 6 de la mañana, es un trabajo duro pero a Epifanio le gusta mucho y sobre todo porque su padre es quien le enseño este oficio.

Epifanio está muy agradecido con los prestatarios Kiva ya que gracias a la ayuda que le han brindado el podrá comprar redes para pescar, ya que las que actualmente tiene están rotas y a veces no puede pescar muy bien debido a ello, con esta mejora el podrá pescar mucho mejor y así tener más producto para ofrecer, lo que mejorara sus ingresos, así seguirá luchando cada día para hacer realidad su gran sueño:” Tener su propia lancha”.

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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
  • 68
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    Peru Loans Fundraising
  • $53,916,525
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 2.7
    Peru Nuevos Soles (PEN) = $1 USD