A loan of $750 helped to buy baking utensils.

Luis Alberto's story

Luis is a fighter. He lives in the city of Camana, Peru, an oasis in the otherwise long and dry Sechura desert that dominates the coast in the southeast part of the country. Camana has historically been an important tourist destination in Peru; nevertheless, the frequent and strong earthquakes and tsunamis in the last decade (an 8.4 in 2001 and an 8.0 in 2007) decimated the city, destroyed the tourist industry of Camana and cost many their jobs, means to make a living and homes. Camana has beautiful beaches that you only have to see to love and you would like to live there. Like Peru, it is well-known for its exquisite gastronomy and one of Luis' favorite dishes is the delicious "Lomo Saltado". Luis only completed fifth year of high school due to his parents' different economic problems, but he would have liked to go to culinary school since he loves to cook. He tells us that he likes to buy cook books to learn new recipes.

Luis works in his business making and selling cakes. He gets up very early. From 3 in the morning he prepares his products because he says that God helps him in the morning. He works for approximately eight hours. In one day, he can earn up to S. 50 but on a good day he can earn up to S.80. He believes his business is going well because every day he works hard to make his products and because his customers are happy with his work.

Luis is very thankful for the Kiva loans because with its great support he can buy more utensils for making his products. With this improvement he will be able to have more income which will permit him to continue saving so that in the future he can accomplish one of his great dreams: to buy a shop from which to sell his products.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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