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Five years ago, Lucila’s husband lost his job, so she had to start working. She decided to sell sweets from a cart outside a high school in her neighborhood. Lucila also crochets hair accessories. A woman taught her to crochet and since then she has offered her services to other people, who then sell the merchandise wholesale. Every week, Lucila crochets 20 dozen of these accessories. When the need is urgent, Lucila has to leave at night to offer her crochet services to workshops. She works 3 or 4 hours, but when they make a request, she will stay all night. The loan that she is requesting will be invested in her sweets cart. Lucila would like to put a store in her home.

Translated from Spanish by Laura Westin, Kiva volunteer.

Hace 5 años, el esposo de Lucila se quedó sin trabajo, por lo que ella tuvo que empezar a trabajar. Fue así que decidió vender golosinas en una carreta afuera del colegio de su barrio. Asimismo, Lucila teje a crochet accesorios para sostener el cabello. Una señora le enseñó a tejer y desde allí empezó a hacer servicios de tejidos para otras personas, quienes reparten la mercadería por mayor. A la semana, Lucila teje 20 docenas de estos accesorios. Pero cuando la necesidad apremia, Lucila tiene que salir en las noches a hacer servicios de costura a talleres. Trabaja 3 o 4 horas, pero cuando se lo piden, se queda de amanecida. Los préstamos que ha solicitado le servirá para invertir en su carreta de golosinas. Lucila quisiera poner una tienda en su casa.

Additional Information


EDAPROSPO seeks to use micro-credit to foster productive commercial activity for the sake of economic and social development within vulnerable urban and rural sectors traditionally neglected by commercial banks. By offering innovative products such as technical education loans and microfinance groups for young people, EDAPROSPO helps disadvantaged Peruvians lift themselves out of poverty.

About Peru

  • $12,000
    Average annual income
  • 90
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    Peru Loans Fundraising
  • $59,007,400
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 3.0
    Peru Nuevos Soles (PEN) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $525 helped Lucila invest in sweets for her sweets cart.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
8 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Sep 1, 2008
Aug 17, 2008
Currency Exchange Loss:
Mar 16, 2009