A loan of $375 helped to buy kitchenware wholesale in Lima.


Maria's story

María is a member of the 'Milagros' community bank. She is 51 years old and lives with her husband and three of her six children. Her 21 year-old daughter is studying psychology at the Universidad Alas Peruanas.

María will be using this loan to travel to Lima to buy kitchenware wholesale in Jiron Puno. She will then sell the products retail with her husband on their three-wheeled cart. They sell their products to homes and restaurants, and also to order. María has been married and working for 32 years. In addition to her business selling kitchenware, she also buys handicrafts in Quinua (devotional paintings, Huamanga stone carvings and ceramic birth mementos) and takes them to Cusco to sell.

Maria has been a member of FINCA Peru for a couple of years but she left when her husband had to move away for work reasons. She has recently rejoined as a member and has just finished her first loan cycle. What she most likes about FINCA Peru are the savings and the attention that the loan officers give to members. Maria spent the whole of the month of March in Lima, taking care of her mother who had an operation. She says that this affected her work a lot but now she is working very hard to make up for the time that she was unable to make any sales.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard



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