A loan of $200 helped to buy candies, soft drinks, and other products to stock her kiosk.


Rrisca's story

Rrisca is 60 years old. She is married to Gerardo, with whom she has seven children. They live in their own house in Pueblo Pardo, an annex of the district of Chanchamayo. In spite of her age, Rrisca doesn't hesitate to take up the machete and clean the weeds from her plantings or take up the spade to cultivate the land. Agriculture has been, since she was a child, her sustenance and now that of her family. On her own land she plants carambolas, avocados, cocoa, and coffee. "The advantage of planting so many crops is that I receive income in different months of the year, since they have definite seasons," she explains. Gerardo cannot exert himself much because of his age, so their son Ever, who is 30, helps him with such difficult work. At the same time, Rrisca has a little kiosk where she sells candies and soft drinks, which she opened recently. She will not have the same energy in the future, so she thought about setting up her business for security in her old age. This will be her seventh loan, which, thanks to their help, she will obtain through MFP. She will be punctual and reliable in he payments. On her part, she feels a great endorsement from belonging to "Los Caramboleros," her communal bank. On receiving the loan, she will buy soft drinks, candies, and some groceries to stock her recently opened kiosk.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Pam McMurry


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