Elena studied secretarial work but did not practice because she got a job in a tailor’s workshop and during the evenings she used to sell “salchipapas” (hot dogs and french fries) in the street. She worked like that for many years but had to stop because she arrived home late and it was very dangerous. Fortunately, her husband got a good job and she was able to stop selling salchipapas. Currently, Elena makes her living caring for two girls everyday until 4 p.m.
Since joining FINCA, the loans have helped her to be able to give an education to her children as well as contribute to the household in a way that makes her feel useful. Elena now needs a loan of 3000 soles to finish building the place that she is going to rent. Her dream is to start a juice shop in her house.
About FINCA PeruThis loan is administered by FINCA Peru, one of Kiva’s Field Partners in Peru. FINCA Peru is dedicated to empowering socially and economically disadvantaged women in Peru, contributing to the development of their families, and building sustainable communities.
In 1990, FINCA Peru began by lending to a small group of women widowed by the Shining Path terrorist movement in Ayacucho. Beyond loans and financial services, FINCA offers business development training, personal and family development training, gender empowerment sessions, life insurance products, and financial and social literacy sessions for the children of borrowers. Visit FINCA Peru’s Kiva Field Partner page to learn more.
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