A loan of $375 helped to purchase corn of several varieties and alfalfa for resale.

Maria Marta's story

Maria is the mother of a family. She is 56 years old and she was widowed a few years after she married. She has one son and she doesn't have a house of her own. She rents a room where to live and it is equipped with all of the basic services (running water, hydro, indoor plumbing). It is located in the urban region of the department of Cajamarca. The principal business activities in this department are mining, agriculture, tourism, and farming. Maria is a retailer of corn and alfalfa and she has been operating in the main market of the department for 8 years. Corn is a delicious food and it is consumed daily in the homes of the population and in the various restaurants in the region. It is consumed with ceviche (a food prepared with raw fish and lemon juice known world-wide) and with alfalfa. It is an herb that is used to feed livestock in the region (guinea pigs, rabbits, etc.). With the income that she earns through her sales she will improve the quality of her life.

The loan that she requests from Edpyme Alternativa (Kiva Field Partner) is in the amount of 1000 nuevos soles, funs that will be used to purchase different varieties of better quality corn. Her sales will be easier because she is a merchant who already has a clientele.

Maria is a woman who has won herself a clientele with effort and hard work, which is why she is very well known in the market in the department. She wants to give her son opportunities and a better life.

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