A loan of $375 helped fruit.


Ruth Meri's story

Ruth Meri is a 24-year-old single woman with no children. She is a member of the María Auxiliadora community bank, which is comprised of eleven members all hailing from the San Sebastian neighborhood of Cusco. Ruth Meri says that she has been trained to work in the tourism industry, but because of the low tourist season she is now selling fruit in the Feria de Productos market in Cusco. She sells fruit that comes from the Puerto Maldonado region of Peru, and she buys the products wholesale. She says that she took over her mother’s business selling fruit when the tourism industry started going bad. Ruth Meri earns between 300 and 500 soles ($100-166 USD) each weekend in this business. Ruth Meri will use the Kiva loan to buy more fruit to sell so that she can increase her profits from this business. She is appreciative of and thankful for the loan, and promises to pay the monthly payments on time.



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