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Mercedes is a member of the Huascahura Village Bank. Mercedes is 30 years old and has two children. Mercedes has a little lunch counter in the San Ramón School, where she sells sweets, fruits, and meals every day. Mercedes also sells cheeses, which she buys from market vendors, out of her home

Mercedes needs a loan of 900 soles to buy cookies, caramels and gum. She dreams of owning her own home, of getting ahead in life, and that her children will be able to go to school.

Translated from Spanish by Cynthia McMurry, Kiva Fellow

Mercedes es socia del Banco Comunal Huascahura. Mercedes es casada, tiene 30 años y 2 hijos, Mercedes tiene un cafetín en el colegio San Ramón, en donD. venD. golosinas, frutas y comida, actividad que realiza todos los días. Además Mercedes venD. quesos D. casa en casa, sus productos los compra D. los feriantes.

Mercedes necesita un préstamo D. 900 soles dinero que será invertido en L. compra D. galletas, caramelos, chicles.
Mercedes sueña con tener casa propia, salir adelante y que sus hijos estudien.

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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
  • 175
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    Peru Loans Fundraising
  • $60,197,200
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 3.1
    Peru Nuevos Soles (PEN) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $300 helped Mercedes buy cookies, caramels, and gum for re-sale.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
7 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Dec 1, 2008
Dec 6, 2008
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jun 15, 2009