A loan of $725 helped to buy cassava in bulk and to pay the cost of transporting her product.

Olga's story

Olga is 43 years old and a single mother of a 13-year-old son. She has her own home where she lives with her father and her son. Olga sells cassava, but her main source of income is transforming this product into cassava flour, which is known as “fariña” (a regional product that is widely consumed in this area). In order to make this product, she needs a large quantity of cassava to result in an output of several kilos. During some seasons, the supply of cassava is scarce so she will buy sacks in bulk from the main markets. The amount she obtains will determine how much she can sell. Olga occasionally receives orders from other cities, so she will package her product in individual sacks weighing 50 kilos each. She has been in this line of work for more than seven years. Olga works alone and her experience in this business has always resulted in a good product.

She is taking this opportunity to request 2,000 PEN. Olga is very excited and appreciates the financial backing that has been offered so that she can continue her plans. In addition, she promises to submit her payments in a punctual manner. The amount she requested will be used to buy cassava in bulk. She will also use the money to pay the cost of transporting her product.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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