A loan of $800 helped to buy a computer for her children's schooling.

Sonia Hermocina's story

Sra. Sonia Lovon is a hard-working woman with 3 young children. The youngest is only 6-years old and [his/her--not clear] [brothers/sisters--not clear] are 10- and 14-years old, respectively. Sonia lives and works in Camana, a city in southern Peru. Camana is in a large, dry oasis of the Sechura desert, a desert that dominates the coast in the southeast of the country. Camana has historically been an important tourist destination in Peru, but the frequent earthquakes and tsunamis of the last decade (an earthquake of 8.4 in 2001 and another of 8.0 in 2007) have seriously damaged the city and destroyed local tourism. The consequence has been grave, costing many jobs and with them, the only means many local people have for supporting their families. Unemployment has forced many people to look for other means to make a living and microlending has helped. Microlending allows people with few resources to develop and grow small businesses.

Sonia is a hard-working woman who gets up every morning determined to become a little better off than she was the day before. That's why she started a business in 2010, providing leased hygiene services, a business that now generates around S/.42 [new soles] a day.

With the loan of S/2,120 [new soles] that she will receive thanks to Kiva, Sonia will be able to buy a computer for her children. She wants the computer so that her children can do their schoolwork at home. They have to leave home now to go to a place where they can access the Internet and Sonia would feel easier if she could watch over them at home. Her long-term goal is to expand her business and provide more services so that she can, in a few years, pay for improvements to her house.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jere Wiseman

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