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Damiana is 76 years old. She is a widow, and her 6 children have given her 26 grandchildren. Her business is selling cheeses. She buys cheeses from local farms and distributes them. Sometimes she also sells fresh milk and mazamorra (a type of dough) from her own home. Previously, Damiana worked selling meat, but with age she began to find this more difficult, and decided to change to selling cheese. Now she is suffering from various health problems, and is going to use her savings to see a doctor. She is suffering inflamation of the kidneys, and says this makes walking painful. Nonetheless, Damiana has great faith in Jesus Christ, and believes he will cure her. She has been a member of FINCA Perú for more than 4 years, and says that what she likes best about it is being able to save: with the savings she has been able to add a bathroom and shower to her home.
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Damiana tiene 76 años, es viuda, y sus 6 hijos le han dado 26 nietos. Su negocio es la venta de quesos. Ella compra y le distribuye quesos a las chacras. Y a veces ella vende leche fresca y mazamorra desde su propio hogar. Antes Damiana trabajaba vendiendo carne, pero con la edad se le hizo más difícil, y decidió cambiar a la venta de quesos. Ahora ella está sufriendo de algunos problemas de la salud, y va a utilizar sus ahorros para ver a un médico. Sufre de inflamación de los riñones, y dice que a causa de eso le duele caminar. De todas maneras Damiana tiene mucha fe en Jesús Cristo, ella dice que el cura sus problemas. Hace más de 4 años que ella es socia de FINCA Perú, y dice que lo que más le gusta son los ahorros, con los cuales pudo construir un baño y una ducha para su 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
  • 49
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    Peru Loans Fundraising
  • $64,489,150
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 2.7
    Peru Nuevos Soles (PEN) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $400 helped Damiana to buy the goods she needs for making cheeses.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
6 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jun 27, 2011
Jul 21, 2011
Currency Exchange Loss:
Nov 15, 2011