A loan of $400 helped to buy the goods she needs for making cheeses.

Damiana's story

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.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Rosa Oswald

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