A loan of $450 helped to buy ingredients to make chicha and beer so that she can expand her business.

María Hermelinda's story

María Hermelinda is a 33-year old mother who lives with her husband and three children in the Punto Nueve area, an agricultural sector found within the Mochumí district, in Lambayeque province, about a half hour from the city of Chiclayo.

For the last three years she has worked selling beer and chica de jora (Andean fermented drink -like corn beer) in her home. Currently she also sells them to customers by order. This business has provided extra income to help with family expenses. Her husband, like most of the men in this area, works as a farm laborer and the money that he receives isn’t enough to cover the household expenses. This is why María Hermelida does her utmost to keep the business going.

The business is doing well now and so María Hermelida feels that it’s the time to expand. She is asking Edpyme Alternativa for a loan of 1200 new soles that she plans on using to buy ingredients to make chicha and more beer to reach her goal.

She is a hard-working businesswoman and very responsible. Her greatest dream is to be able to offer her children the opportunity of having some type of higher education.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Miriam Palacio

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