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Paula Epifania
Paula is a woman who, at age 66, has a lot of vitality, cheerfulness and the charisma of a 20-year-old. Her house is in the city of Ica, which is known for its warm climate, tourist attractions such as "La Laguna de Huacachina" and "La Bruja de Cachiche", as well as its wine cellars and other spots.

Paula has experienced much adversities, including the loss of her husband who she loved so much. From that moment on she became both father and mother to her children. Despite everything, she was courageous and struggled a lot to get ahead. And after much saving and hard work she was able to set up a business selling vegetables in her city market. Paula works around nine hours a day and uses the profits from her work to cover household expenses. She believes things are going well because she is very kind to her customers and offers quality products at low prices.

Paula is very grateful for the support from Kiva lenders because thanks to their help she will be able to build a wall around her small stall which is now only protected by straw mats. This will give her business more safety and protect her merchandise, since her small business is the only source of income she has to continue working toward her biggest goal: "To finish construction on her home and to open a minimarket".
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Paula es una mujer con mucha vitalidad y alegría, tiene 66 años pero tiene el carisma de una joven de 20. La vivienda de Paula se encuentra en la ciudad de Ica, la cual se caracteriza por su clima cálido, sus atractivos turísticos como “La Laguna de Huacachina”, “la Bruja de Cachiche”, sus bodegas vitivinícola, entre otros. Paula ha pasado por muchas adversidades, entre ellas la pérdida de su esposo ya que ella lo amaba muchísimo y desde ese momento se convirtió en padre y madre para sus hijos, pero a pesar de todo se armo de valor y lucho mucho para salir adelante. Tal es así que luego de mucho ahorro y esfuerzo logro tener su negocio de venta de verduras en el mercado de su ciudad, Paula trabaja alrededor de 9 horas al día y con el fruto de su trabajo puede solventar los gastos de su hogar; ella cree que está saliendo adelante porque es muy amable con los clientes y ofrece productos de calidad a precios cómodos.

Paula está muy agradecida a con el apoyo brindado por los prestamistas Kiva ya que gracias a esa gran ayuda ella podrá realizar el cercado de su pequeño local ya que actualmente solo está protegido por esteras, de esta manera ella podrá tener más seguridad en su local y poder proteger su mercadería, ya que su pequeño negocio es la única fuente de ingresos que ella tiene para seguir luchando y hacer realidad su más grande sueño:” Terminar de construir su vivienda y tener un minimarket”.

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
  • 114
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    Peru Loans Fundraising
  • $56,814,000
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 2.6
    Peru Nuevos Soles (PEN) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $400 helped Paula Epifania to build a wall around her business.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Apr 6, 2013
Listed
May 1, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible
Ended:
May 17, 2014