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Candelaria is a dedicated mother. Since her husband left her she has become both father and mother to her two small children. Ever since she was a little girl she was interested in artisan work, knitting sweaters and jackets, then becoming independent and having her family. With much effort she was able to buy a knitting machine, a tool with which she makes a great variety of clothing items that she then sends outside the country to sell. This enterprising mother also offers cooking (catering) services at different events in her neighborhood, delighting everyone with her delicious meals and recipes at many gatherings. This hard-working and exemplary mother tries at all times to teach her children the dignity and value of work, and she now hope to prosper by being able to export large quantities of her merchandise. To make her plans reality she need to obtain a loan. With your help you will strengthen and support Candelaria’s work.

Translated from Spanish by Cindy Kendall, Kiva volunteer.

Candelaria es una dedicada madre. Desde que su esposo la dejó se convirtió en padre y madre de sus dos pequeños hijos. Desde pequeña sintió un especial interés por la artesanía, tejido de chompas y chalecos, luego de independizarse y formar su familia, con mucho esfuerzo pudo comprar su máquina de tejer; herramienta con el que elabora gran variedad de prendas de vestir para luego enviarlas al extranjero para su debida comercialización. De manera adicional esta emprendedora madre se dedica a brindar sus servicios de cocina en los diferentes compromisos que existe en su localidad, deleitando así con sus deliciosos platillos y recetas a la gran cantidad de concurrentes. Esta laboriosa y ejemplar madre trata en todo momento de inculcar en cada uno de sus hijos sus conocimientos y sobre todo el valor dignificativo del trabajo, con el que ahora desea prosperar hasta lograr exportar en grandes cantidades su mercadería. Para concretar sus planes requiere obtener un préstamo. Con tu ayuda permitirás el fortalecimiento de la labor de Candelaria.

About Peru

  • $12,000
    Average annual income
  • 82
    View loans »
    Peru Loans Fundraising
  • $63,797,675
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 3.0
    Peru Nuevos Soles (PEN) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $525 helped Candelaria purchase raw materials in order to keep making her beautiful clothing items.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
9 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jan 15, 2008
Jan 1, 2008
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jul 16, 2008