A loan of $375 helped to buy a tricycle.

Francisca's story

Francisca, 41, lives in Nasca, Ica, Peru, a city whose people are very generous and hospitable. There is a legend about its culture. As Peruvians, we are very proud of this city since this is where the Nazca lines are found. They were drawn in a big field and were used by the Nasca culture for farming since they were a type of calendar where the people could figure out when the rainy season would be. Because of these majestic lines many many tourists come.

Francisca is a woman who struggles. She is a single mother and as with all Peruvian women, she strives for her children (23, 18 and 17). The three are studying at the university. Francisca tells us that she wants her children to be better educated and especially because their studies are the best inheritance that she can leave for them.

Before Francisca had her business she used to wash laundry in different houses. It was very hard work but she was able to save from what she earned and so have her work that she has now, selling bread on her tricycle on the streets of the city where she lives. Francisca rises very early to do her work, from 4:00 am she is already working so that she can sell all of her product. She can earn up to .50 sols weekly but on a good day, she can earn up to 100 sols. She believes that she is doing well because she sells quality bread, she is very friendly, and because God guides her in her work.

Now Francisca is very thankful for the Kiva loan since she would like to have their support to buy a tricycle. With this improvement she could do better work since she needs to have some new equipment to be able to go to more places to sell the bread. This way she could save money to fulfill her biggest dream: “Her children would become professionals”.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Miriam Palacio

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