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Maria is a single, 27-year-old mother of one son. Maria travels to the Ayacuchan Jungle where she sells vegetables, cereal, etc. that she acquires from the supply markets of Ayacucho. She usually buys her products on Fridays and re-sells them on Saturdays and Sundays in the city of Puerto Cocos. Furthermore, Maria sells catalog cosmetics to her friends and relatives.

Maria is a member of the Nueva Vida Village Bank. She needs a loan of 2,500 Peruvian Nuevos Soles to invest in celery, carrots, various cereals, onions, and tomatoes for re-sale.

Maria's dream is to have her own grocery store and to move forward with her son.

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About FINCA Peru

This loan is administered by FINCA Peru, one of Kiva’s Field Partners in Peru. FINCA Peru is dedicated to empowering socially and economically disadvantaged women in Peru, contributing to the development of their families, and building sustainable communities.

In 1990, FINCA Peru began by lending to a small group of women widowed by the Shining Path terrorist movement in Ayacucho. Beyond loans and financial services, FINCA offers business development training, personal and family development training, gender empowerment sessions, life insurance products, and financial and social literacy sessions for the children of borrowers. Visit FINCA Peru’s Kiva Field Partner page to learn more.

About Peru

  • $12,000
    Average annual income
  • 128
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    Peru Loans Fundraising
  • $58,863,350
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 2.8
    Peru Nuevos Soles (PEN) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $900 helped Maria to invest in celery, carrots, various cereals, onions, and tomatoes.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
8 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Aug 23, 2008
Aug 8, 2008
Currency Exchange Loss:
Mar 16, 2009