Total loan: $475


Chanchamayo, Junin, Peru / Retail

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A loan helped to buy paper and fuses, among other items.

Rita's story

Rita is 37 years old and happy married to Edwin. They have five children and live in a house that is rented, very comfortable and well situated for their business on the outskirts of the city, as they wouldn't be able to have their business in the center of the city. In order to improve their children's well-being, Rita and her husband make a living by making bricks in a large space near where they live. Independently, Rita also has a fireworks shop where she makes firecrackers and various illustrations of animals and objects that produce sparks and different-colored lights when they are lit during the traditional festivals in this part of the central jungle, “La Merced.” When her partner isn't helping her, she also works as a musician, which is also profitable and even allows them to save to be able to build their own house in the city. She will thus open a restaurant, which will allow her to have a less dangerous business. She has been doing this work for 15 years and asserts that thanks to this business her children have never gone hungry. But the costs of her children's studies are her biggest problem, as she invests the greater part of her earnings there. She belongs to the “Las brisas” communal bank and this is their third loan with KIVA. She is happy to keep working with the members of her communal bank, who are very caring, welcoming and responsible people. Rita is asking for 1,300 Peruvian nuevos soles, with which she will buy kite paper, fuses and twine to make the firework materials and animals.