A loan of $525 helped to buy solder and paints.

Sonia Mercedes's story

Sonia Mercedes, 37, is a hard-working, optimistic woman who lives in the city of Pucallpa, Ucayali region. She is the mother of 4 children, one of whom is an adult. She sells beauty products but also works alongside her husband providing locksmithery services. She has been part of the "Las Divinas" (The Divine Ones) communal bank for the last two years. Her initial, 300 sol, loan was used to buy paints for metal. She now needs a 1500 sol loan to buy solder and paints because Sonia and her husband build doors and windows. Sonia's goal is to enlarge her locksmith shop, to make progress, and to have more customers.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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