A loan of $725 helped to buy supplies for making 'chicha' (a traditional, corn-based drink).

Albertina's story

Albertina is 43 years old, single, and has one grown-up child. She lives in her own home in the rural part of Morrope district where she has access to electricity but not water. Her community is small and consists of approximately 50 families.

Albertina's business is selling chicha, a traditional Peruvian drink maD. from corn flour. She has been in this business for 10 years and works from her own home. She learned the business from her parents which means that she knows the work perfectly. Albertina has an established customer base in her own community and the surrounding area. Her business is very profitable because her production costs are very low.

In addition to her chicha business, Albertina also owns cattle, goats, pigs and poultry which she sells to traders and to the general public in order to make additional income. Demand for her chicha has increased during the summer season and Albertina would like to invest in buying more supplies in order to increase her production and sales of the drink. For this reason, she has requested a loan for 2,000 Peruvian soles from Edpyme Alternativa. Albertina is very hard working and responsible. She has had previous loans and shown herself to be punctual in making her repayments. She has a good credit history.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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