A loan of $300 helped to buy merchandise (sweets and soft drinks).

Elizabeth Sara's story

Elizabeth, age 69, lives in the city of Nazca, Ica, Perú. The inhabitants of Nazca are very generous and hospitable people. This city has a cultural heritage that we, as Peruvians, are very proud of because this is where the Nazca lines are found. They were drawn in a big field and were used by the Nasca culture for farming. They were a type of calendar where the people could figure out when the rainy season would be. These majestic lines attract a great number of tourists.

Peru is well-known for its exquisite food, but the dish that Elizabeth likes the most is “Aji de Gallina” (chile chicken). She tells us that she could eat this dish every day without tiring of it. Elizabeth attended school up to the fifth year of high school. However, she would have liked to have studied administration at the university. Because her parents did not have sufficient financial resources, she had to work since she was little in order to help at home.

She has three children, ages 12, 20, and 22. The youngest is in the first year of high school, and the older ones attend the university. Elizabeth struggles a great deal in order to get her children ahead because she is a single mother. She supports them with great devotion because she wants them to be better than she is. She wants them to be proud to have a profession and not to have to experience the hardships she lived through since she was little.

Elizabeth sells sweets, soft drinks, and beer. She used to only sell her products from her tricycle. But, she saved and now has tables where her customers can sit. She works around ten hours a day. She can take care of 30 customers in a day, and she is able to earn up to 100 soles a day; on a very good day she can earn 250 soles. This helps her with the additional household expenses or her children’s additional educational expenses. She believes it is going well for her in her business because of her dedication. She takes very good care of her customers so that they always return to buy her products.

She is now very grateful to the Kiva lenders. Thanks to the support they have given her she will be able to buy more merchandise for her business. With the merchandise she will get greater income in order to improve her quality of life. She will also have a greater variety of products to sell. She will also continue saving in order to fulfill her biggest dreams: To give her children a profession and to build her house.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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