A loan of $575 helped to buy merchandise (clothes).


Roxana Edith's story

Roxana Edith is an enterprising woman who does not give up when faced with a problem. She lives in Ica, a city currently characterized by increased investment, not only in the sector of food exports, i.e. in farms, but also in the opening of new shopping centers which offer many jobs to residents of Ica. In her spare time Roxana enjoys a good book or watches her favorite TV programs. It is well known that Peru has the most delicious food in the world. One of Roxana's favorite dishes is "Carapulcra con Sopa Seca", a typical dish of southern Peru, made from pork, groundnuts, potatoes, noodles and chicken. Roxana is a teacher, but communication science is what she would have liked to study. She is married and her husband drives a motor taxi. They have three children, aged 4, 10 and 16. Their youngest child goes to kindergarten, their second one is in fifth grade of elementary school and the eldest in fifth grade of secondary school.

Roxana sells clothes to housewives in her neighborhood and to her colleagues at the school where she works. She spends approximately two hours a day with this activity. Roxana got the incentive to launch this business from her husband who had noticed her skill with this kind of activity.

On an average day she serves two customers, which gives her an average income of 75 new soles per day. On a good day she can earn 100 new soles, which helps her to pay for additional household expenditures. Her business is successful because she is friendly with her customers who recommend her for her good service. She is very grateful to Kiva lenders because this loan enables her to buy additional clothes for her business and have a greater product range on offer.

This improvement will help Roxana to have more variety of clothes to offer and thus more sales and more income. In a few months she could have a car. However, her biggest dreams are to provide her children with a good education, so that they may become successful professionals, as well as to own a boutique for her clothing business and a transportation company.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Robert Mouris



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