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Maria Cristina
María, 53, lives in the city of Ica, a city noted for its hot, welcoming climate. Agriculture, especially the growing of cotton, grapes and asparagus, among others, is also common here.

María lives with her husband and she has two children who are adults now and for whom she strives to provide with a proper life. When she has free time available she likes to read very much and also sometimes enjoys eating one of her favorite dishes, the very delicious “Seco de Pollo.” Due to her family’s limited economic resources she was only able to go to 11th grade but would have liked to have studied to become a secretary.

María works day to day in her small business selling ‘chocotejas’ [traditional chocolate candies from Ica]. She works around 8 hours daily and is able to help her husband cover household expenses with what she earns from her work. She believes she does well in her business because she makes tasty items and tends to her customers with kindness

María is very grateful to Kiva lenders because thanks to the help they’ve given her she will be able to buy a gas stove. The one she uses at present burns kerosene so she will be able to make her products in a better way and she will have the necessary tools to continue working towards making her greatest dream a reality: to have a chocoteja company.
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Maria es tiene 53 años, vive en la ciudad de Ica, ciudad que se caracteriza por su clima cálido y acogedor, asimismo se desarrolla la agricultura en especial el cultivo de algodón, uva, esparrago, entre otros. Maria vive al lado de su esposo y junto a el tiene 2 hijos los cuales ya son mayores de edad pero por quienes ha luchando mucho para darles una vida digna. Cuando dispone de un tiempo libre le gusta mucho lee y también en algunas ocasiones le gusta mucho comer uno de sus platillos favoritos el cual es el riquísimo “Seco de Pollo”. Debido a sus pocos recursos económicos ella solo pudo estudiar hasta el quinto grado de secundaria, pero le hubiera gustado estudiar la carrera de Secretariado.

Día a día Maria trabaja en su pequeño negocio de venta de chocotejas, ella trabaja alrededor de 8 horas al día, ya que con el fruto de su trabajo puede apoyar a su esposo con los gastos de su hogar; ella cree que le va bien en su negocio porque tiene muy buena sazón y atiende a sus clientes con amabilidad.

Maria esta muy agradecida con los prestatarios Kiva ya que gracias a la ayuda que le han brindado que le han brindado ella podrá comprar una cocina a gas, ya que actualmente su cocina es de Kerosene y podra elaborar sus productos de mejor manera; de esta manera podrá tener los utensilios necesarios y podra seguir luchando para hacer realidad su mas grande sueño:” Tener su empresa de Chocotejas”.

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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

  • $12,000
    Average annual income
  • 84
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    Peru Loans Fundraising
  • $57,341,375
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 2.6
    Peru Nuevos Soles (PEN) = $1 USD