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Maritza is 40 years old and lives in the city of Ica, a place which has warm and comfortable weather, but at the same time, variable weather, and where there is a lot of agriculture, especially cotton production and grape growing among other crops. Maritza learned how to work from a young age because her parents had a low income, and that is why she was only able to study up to 5th grade of secondary school.

Maritza work day to day in her small business of rearing and selling pigs and also sells candy outside the cemetery in her city. She works around 9 hours a day and serves around 15 customers per day. She uses the income to support her parents with the household expenses. She feels that she is making progress because she is very polite to her customers and, above all, because she makes an effort to do better every day.

Maritza is very grateful to the Kiva lenders because, thanks to their help, she has been able to improve the pig pens and has been able to buy more merchandise to stock her business. In this way, she will be able to continue working and fighting to make her greatest dream come true: “for her daughter to be able to study a profession.”
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Maritza tiene 40 años de edad, vive en la ciudad de Ica, la cual tiene un clima cálido y acogedor, asimismo posee un clima variado y sobre todo se desarrolla la agricultura, especialmente el cultivo de algodón, uva, entre otros. Desde muy joven aprendió a trabajar, ya que sus padres tenían pocos recursos económicos y debido a ello solo pudo estudiar hasta el quinto grado de secundaria.

Día a día Maritza trabaja en su pequeño negocio de crianza y venta de cerdos y también venta de golosinas a las afueras del cementerio de su ciudad, ella labora alrededor de 9 horas al día y puede atender hasta 15 clientes diariamente y con el fruto de sus ingresos apoya a sus padres con los gastos del hogar; ella cree que está saliendo adelante porque es muy amable con los clientes y sobre todo porque desea superarse cada día.

Maritza está muy agradecida con los prestamistas kiva ya que gracias al apoyo que le han brindado ella podrá realizar mejoras en los corrales de los cerdos y poder comprar mayor mercadería para su negocio, de esta manera ella podrá seguir trabajando y luchando para poder hacer realidad su más grande sueño:” Darle una profesión a su hija”.

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

  • $12,000
    Average annual income
  • 85
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    Peru Loans Fundraising
  • $58,982,775
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 2.8
    Peru Nuevos Soles (PEN) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $375 helped Maritza to buy pigs and to repair their pens.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
6 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
At end of term
Jun 22, 2013
Jul 25, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Nov 17, 2013