A loan of $825 helped to buy meat to make anticuchos.

Viviana's story

Viviana is 44 years old and married with four children, all of whom are now grown adults who live on their own. Viviana lives in the small jungle town of Pilcopata, where she sells anticuchos (kabobs) in the market. The town itself is little more than a dirt road with a few convenience stores, a disco, several Internet cafés, and a couple of neighborhood bars, but the market is new and modern. Since all of the buses traveling to outlying jungle towns pass through Pilcopata, the market is fairly busy on the days that buses leave and enter the town (Monday, Wednesday and Friday). The Pilcopata market, unlike most markets, operates mainly in the evening, since most buses leave the town between 5 and 7pm.

Viviana has been selling anticuchos for the past three years. Prior to that, she worked on her family’s farm. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, she starts preparations at 3 p.m. and usually sells until 12 p.m. She earns 60 to 80 soles (US $20 to $27) each day she works. She sells different kinds of anticuchos, although most are made of beef or cow heart.

Viviana is requesting a loan of 2500 soles to buy meat. The money should be enough to supply her business with meat for the next two or three months. She has pledged to repay this loan on time and in full. Viviana’s dream for the future is to finish building her house (it is currently half-built).

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