A loan of $375 helped to buy merchandise for her food cart.

Norma's story

Norma is a 29 year-old single mother of 3 children, aged 10, 7 and 6. She belongs to the communal bank "Lila."

She is requesting a loan of 1,000 Peruvian soles. She will invest this loan in the purchase of merchandise for her food cart.

Norma has a food cart at the entrance of the zoo at the National University of San Cristóbal de Huamanga, where she sells cookies, caramels, chewing gum, soft drinks, chips and mineral water.

Norma started to work when her partner left her. This helped her to be strong and to work for her children. She joined FINCA Peru at the invitation of her sister-in-law. She has had some difficulties, she was once robbed, but she persisted with the business. She likes FINCA Peru because she can save money and she also receives training there. Now she is saving to buy some land. Her dream is to see her children become professionals.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar

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