A loan of $950 helped to buy merchandise.

Marisela Lucia's story

Marisela Lucía is a woman who works making handicrafts in her spare time, which also is part of her job. Currently she works buying and selling some adornments as well as making clothing.

She is a 23-year-old young woman with many dreams and goals that she plans to realize. Currently she lives in the city of Ica, known for the increase in investment and the opening of new shopping centers, which allows many people to get a job in which they are remunerated with all the benefits they ought to have. Marisela, a woman who strives every day to be able to get ahead, lives in this vast new Ica market.

Marisela works eight hours a day, which allows her to see between 25 and 30 customers, generating her a daily income of 40 PEN in a good day. Thanks to the great affluence of the public, she can earn up to 150 PEN. She believes her business will continue growing because of the great affluence of the customers she has. She started this business thanks to her aunt who excited her about getting into it.

Thanks to the Kiva lenders, Marisela will be able to buy products that will allow her to expand her store, and that she also can sell in other places. She wants to double the number of customers in the next six months and so be able to build her own house as well as acquire her own store in every city of the department of Ica.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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