Total loan: $500


Lima, Lima, Peru / Food

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A loan helped Increase merchandise stock.

Graciela's story

GracieL.’s charisma and optimism have pushed her to continue growing as a mother and salesperson and her children and husband motivate her to continue with her life plans. Despite the fact that, for work reasons, her husband is not by her side, she tries to put all of her love into her two children. With great happiness she works in the buying and selling of liquors, a business that began 16 years ago when her oldest son gave her the idea to travel to the city of Ica (famous for its wines and piscos) to buy liquors wholesale and bring them back to the capital. Her whole family helps finish the decoration and preparation of the products for sale. She does this every 15 days since she must travel constantly to fill her orders. Years of working in this business have worn her out and she is thinking of a way to continue working, but in a more relaxed way, because the trips are very tiring. In the future, she wishes to open a restaurant in her home because she is also talented in cooking, especially baking. GracieL. studied cooking and she knows how to make a profitable business out of this skill. With much effort and responsibility, GracieL. began to work with MFP where, along with the communal bank, she was able to take advantage of many opportunities and had the chance to grow. Additionally, the other female members who do the work and the meetings are entertaining people. The 1500 soles (Peruvian currency) loan that she has applied for will allow her to acquire large quantities of bottles of wine to sell them at fairs and festivals in her area.

Translated from Spanish by Mary McKee, Kiva Volunteer