A loan of $600 helped to purchase merchandise for her small business buying and selling cotton products. The income from her small business has enabled her to support herself since the death of her husband.

Hilda's story

Hilda is a member of the communal bank called "Dinamico". She lives in the district of Huanchac in the province of Cusco, Peru. Hilda is 63 years old and widowed. To earn a living, she runs a small business buying and selling clothing. Every 15 days or so, Hilda travels to the city of Lima where she goes to the factories that specialize in cotton shirts. It is well known that Peru has some of the finest cotton in the world. Hilda brings shirts, socks, underwear and other cotton products to sell in the city of Cusco. After her husband died, Hilda was able to settle all of the household expenses with the income she earned from her small business. She is requesting a loan to purchase more merchandise to sell. Hilda values and appreciates the loans she's been given which enabled her to grow her business. She is committed to making the payments and complying with the payment terms.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Emily Charnes

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