A loan of $750 helped to purchase corn flour for the continued production of her chicha, and to carry out some repairs in her home.

Mariela's story

24-year-old Mariela lives with her husband and son in their own home, which lacks basic services and is located in the La Matanza district in the administrative division of Piura. The population of this area work with agriculture and livestock.

Mariela manufactures and sells chicha de jora, a tasty beverage made ​​from corn which is widely consumed in the north of Peru. She has been doing this for about a year, and it is a custom that has passed from generation to generation. Lately, her sales of chicha in have increased in her area which has helped boost profits and improve the quality of life for her family.

Taking the opportunity to expand her business, Mariela has requested a loan through Edpyme Alternativa in the amount of 2000 soles. This will be used to buy more corn flour for the preparation of chicha and carry out repairs in her home, with the purpose of earning more from her product sales and being more secure at home. With her earnings, Mariela can repay her loan and provide more amenities and opportunities for her family.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Fiona Craig

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