A loan of $200 helped to buy ingredients to make chicha as well as balanced feed for her animals.

Maria Cristina's story

María Cristina is 66 years old. She has her own home located in the district of Catacaos in a community called Narihuala. This community is one of the rural areas of the district and is in the department of Piura in northern Peru.

María Cristina makes and sells chicha (a traditional Peruvian drink made from corn and jora). She does this activity in her home and she has done it for more than 20 years. She has an established clientele in the area where she lives and she also sells in nearby communities. She also raises and sells small animals. They grow in pens located in the back of her house. When they reach the ideal weight and size she sells them in the local market.

María Cristina is asking for a loan of 500 nuevos soles from Edpyme Alternativa so that she can invest in feed for her animals. In this way, she can feed them better and sell them at a better price in the community market. She will also buy ingredients she needs to make chica.

María Cristina is a hardworking and dedicated woman. Her greatest wish is for her business to keep growing to be able to improve her family's quality of life.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue

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