A loan of $675 helped buy new pots, glasses, and buckets.

Elisa's story

Elisa is a very loving mother who lives in the home of some relatives along with her children, Ebert (5) and Mayeli (3), who she wants to provide with a good education. Every day at 6am, she goes out with her juice cart to look for clients to sell her delicious juices to. She sells different types of drinks over the course of the day: in the morning she sells her clients the very popular hot quinoa juice (a hot drink made from quinoa, tapioca and applesauce), later in the morning she sells fruit juices, and in the evening she sells "emolientes" (hot herbal drinks with curative properties) to warm the bones of the people who stop by her drink cart. Her favorite part of her work is chatting with her customers. She has had her business for 5 years now, and says that the hardest part is having to be on the street all day, withstanding harsh weather. She hopes to grow her business to the point where she can open up a store to serve her clients in a calmer environment.

This is Elisa's sixth loan from Microfinanzas Prisma, and she is very confident that she will be able to make all of her payments on time. She doesn't want to cause any problems for the other members of her village bank, who care for her very much, since she is the youngest, most cheerful group member. With the requested loan of 2,000 soles, she will buy new pots, glasses, and buckets, so that she can prepare her drinks more hygienically (the equipment she's currently using is very old).

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Cynthia McMurry

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