A loan of $1,100 helped to buy fruit and vegetables.


Mercedes's story

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.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard



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