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Maria
María, 56 years old, is a simple woman. She lives with Marcos, the youngest of her 5 children, in her own home. She was born in the native community where she lives, and where she watched her children being born and raised.

María makes her living in handicrafts. Her parents taught her everything she knows today and that she puts into practice in her community. She receives a lot of tourists throughout the year. This is how her knowledge helps her to earn a living and turn this into a business.

She makes handicrafts with natural products from the area, like coconut bark, the seeds of plants and other products with which she makes beautiful curtains, as well as natural medicines to relieve various illnesses.

She has customers from all over the country who visit her constantly, and also enjoy the landscapes of her community. Now, she wishes to make more handicrafts in order to meet the tourist demand at national and international levels.

This is her first loan with Kiva, and she is grateful for the financial support. She also promises to be punctual with her payments, as with previous loans. María will invest the 2000 soles in the purchase of accessories, as well as threads and tools for making the handicrafts.
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María, de 56 años es una mujer sencilla. Vive en compañía de Marcos el menor de sus 5 hijos en su casa propia. Nació en la comunidad nativa donde vive y donde crió y miró nacer a sus hijos. Maria se dedica a la artesanía, sus padres le enseñaron todo lo que hoy sabe y lo que pone en práctica en su comunidad. Recibe muchos turistas durante todo el año es así que sus conocimientos le ayudan a ganarse la vida y hacer de esto una actividad económica. Elabora artesanía con los productos naturales de la zona, como es la corteza del coco, las semillas de las plantas y demás productos con los que elabora hermososa cortinas, además de medicinas naturales para aliviar distintas enfermedades. Tiene clientes de todas partes del país que la visitan constantemente, además de brindarle recreación con los paisajes de su comunidad. Ahora desea elaborar más artesanía para abastecer la demanda de turistas a nivel nacional e internacional. Este es su primer crédito con KIVA, por lo que agradece el apoyo financiero recibido. Además promete ser puntual con el pago de sus cuotas como en anteriores créditos.
María, invertirá los S/.2000 soles en la compra de accesorios, además de hilos e instrumentos para elaborar la artesanía.

About Peru

  • $12,000
    Average annual income
  • 103
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    Peru Loans Fundraising
  • $58,002,425
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 2.8
    Peru Nuevos Soles (PEN) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $725 helped Maria to buy accessories, threads and tools for making handicrafts.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Jul 18, 2013
Listed
Aug 9, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible
Ended:
Feb 25, 2014