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Elena Guillermina
Elena, a member of the United Friends village bank, is 51 years old, married and the mother of three children, ages 33, 25, and 18 years. They all live with her and the youngest studies at an institute.

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.

Additional Information

About FINCA Peru

This 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.

About Peru

  • $12,000
    Average annual income
  • 46
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    Peru Loans Fundraising
  • $64,489,150
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 2.9
    Peru Nuevos Soles (PEN) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,025 helped Elena Guillermina to finish building the place that she is going to rent.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
7 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Sep 3, 2009
Sep 11, 2009
Currency Exchange Loss:
Mar 15, 2010