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Mercedes is a member of the Estrella community bank. She is married and has three children aged 24, 23 and 19. Mercedes sells fruit, vegetables and meat from a three-wheeled vehicle in the streets of San Juan Bautista district. She will invest the loan that she has requested in buying fruit, vegetables and meat with which to stock her business. Mercedes started this business seven years ago because her husband didn't help her and she needed to support her children.

Mercedes joined FINCA Peru through an invitation from an existing borrower. She likes it because they have taught her to value work and given her loans so that she can work. She enjoys spending time with the other members of her community bank and she has managed to educate her daughter who has finished a nursing course. Mercedes' dream is for her business to continue prospering and to be able to sell from home. She would also like to build a second level on her house.
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Mercedes es socia del Banco Comunal Estrella, es casada, tiene tres hijos de 24, 23, 19 años, Mercedes se dedica a la venta de verduras, frutas, carne en un triciclo por las calles del distrito de San Juan Bautista. El préstamo que solicita lo invertirá en la compra de verduras, frutas, carne, para surtir su mercadería. Mercedes comenzó con éste negocio hace 7 años, porque su esposo no le ayudaba y tenia que mantener a sus hijos. Ingresó a FINCA Perú, por la invitación de una socia, le gusta porque le enseñaron a valorarse a trabajar, le dan préstamos para trabajar, pasa bonitos momentos con sus compañeras del banco estando en FINCA educo a su hija que termino enfermería técnica. Su sueño es que su negocio siga prosperando y vender en su casa, construir el segundo piso de sus casa.

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About FINCA Peru

This loan is administered by FINCA Peru, one of Kiva’s Field Partners in Peru. FINCA Peru is dedicated to empowering socially and economically disadvantaged women in Peru, contributing to the development of their families, and building sustainable communities.

In 1990, FINCA Peru began by lending to a small group of women widowed by the Shining Path terrorist movement in Ayacucho. Beyond loans and financial services, FINCA offers business development training, personal and family development training, gender empowerment sessions, life insurance products, and financial and social literacy sessions for the children of borrowers. Visit FINCA Peru’s Kiva Field Partner page to learn more.

About Peru

  • $12,000
    Average annual income
  • 42
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    Peru Loans Fundraising
  • $64,489,150
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 2.8
    Peru Nuevos Soles (PEN) = $1 USD