A loan of $375 helped to buy corn and utensils to continue making "chicha de jora" drink.

Maria Julia's story

María, 47, is married and lives in her own house in the district of Catacaos, in the department of Piura in northern Perú. She lives in a rural area that does not have basic utilities.

María makes and sells "chicha de jora" (a tasty drink made from corn which is very popular in northern Perú). She has been in business for several years since this is a a tradition that is passed from generation to generation. Recently chicha de jora sales have increased, thus increasing income and quality of life for her family.

In view of the opportunity to expand, María has requested a loan through Edpyme Alternativa for 1,000 PEN to buy more corn and some utensils to continue making chicha de jora. Her aim is to have the best product to attract more customers. This way she will obtain better profits and be able to cover her household expenses.

María has very good references and people describe her as being responsible and hard-working, with a nice personality.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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