A loan of $1,000 helped buy pineapples.


Maxima's story

Maxima is a member of the Immaculada Concepción Village Bank and lives in the small Peruvian jungle town of Pilcopata, about eight hours from the city of Cusco. She is 53 years old and married with three children, one of whom still lives at home. Maxima brings rice and fruit (pineapples, bananas, papayas, oranges, mandarins and yuccas) from her town to the city of Huancarani (several hours away) to sell. She has been selling fruit for the past three years. She travels from Pilcopata to Huancarani each Sunday with her boxes of fruit and bags of rice, which she sells from a kiosk she owns in the Huancarani market.

Maxima is requesting a loan of 3000 soles. She plans to use most of the money to buy pineapples. She will sell each pineapple for 3.50 to 4 soles, depending on the size. Maxima has been a member of her village bank for the past three years, and has always been a very responsible client. She has pledged to repay this loan in full and on time.

Maxima recently achieved an important goal she had set for herself! She just finished building her own home.



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