A loan of $200 helped to buy corn flour to expand chicha (alcoholic beverage made from fermented corn) production and sales.

Basilia's story

Basilia, 45, lives with her 15-year-old son in Cura Mori district, Piura province, Piura region. It’s located three hours from the city of Chiclayo, Lambayeque region’s capital.

For the last two years she has sold chicha (alcoholic beverage made from fermented corn) and mutton; she raises the animals herself and prepares the chicha based on corn flour and sugar. Chicha is a typical beverage of the country that has been consumed by our ancestors since ancient times. Residents of rural areas of the country believe that it provides energy for work and they also consume it on special occasions.

Both businesses complement each other because often customers ask her to prepare a typical, mutton-based dish (seco de cabrito with beans, for example) to enjoy with the chicha. Basilia’s good customer service has made her well-known in the area and she can count on her regular customers to come by her home to acquire her products.

Basilia wants to buy more corn flour to increase her chicha production as well as buy feed to improve the quality of her animals. For this reason, she is asking Edpyme Alternativa for her first loan in the amount of 500 new soles that will help her reach this goal in order to increase sales and thus obtain higher profits.

She is a cheerful and responsible woman. Where she lives, her customers and neighbors consider her to be an honest and hard-working woman.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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