A loan of $700 helped vehicle repair and purchase of fish to sell.

Martha's story

Martha is a mother of a family, 43 years old and lives with her husband and two children of 14 and 12 years of age in Monsefú, located 20 minutes from the city of Chiclayo.

Ever since she was 12, Martha has sold fresh and dried salty fish in the market of the city of Pomalca, located 10 minutes from Chiclayo. Every day she gets up very early to buy her produce at the wharf of the city of Santa Rosa (25 minutes from Chiclayo) and later she goes to her workplace to offer her purchases to her clients.

The continual trips that she made on a daily basis to advance her business led her to save money with her husband to buy herself a car, which made the daily transport of produce easier. They bought their vehicle six years ago and since then her husband has worked as a taxi driver during the hours of the day that Martha is at the market.

These businesses are their only source of home income and day by day they try to move forward. However after continual use of the car, the motor has suffered serious damage and this situation has motivated Martha to apply for the first time to Kiva's field partner Edpyme Alternativa for a loan of 2000 nuevos soles that she intends to invest in repairing their vehicle and maintaining her business by purchasing more fish to sell.

Martha dreams of seeing her two children become professionals, because of this she pushes herself to the limit to get them ahead in life. She is very highly regarded by her neighbours and work colleagues, both of whom consider her to be an honest and responsible woman.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Suzanne Grasso

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