A loan of $750 helped to buy school supplies, uniforms, gifts and other supplies.

Maria Flora's story

Maria is 67 years old. Unfortunately she looked after her twin daughters alone, since they were three years old, as her husband passed away. After going through this sad situation she spent her time caring for her young children alone. A lot of time has passed since then; her children are now grown up and with a lot of hard work she has been able to give them the education that they needed. She devoted herself to trading and to providing education in the afternoons to other children with the aim of generating income.

Maria is a woman who likes to prepare sweets and she makes a living in this activity in her free time. Like a good Peruvian she is a fan of all spicy dishes and she enjoys them a lot. She currently lives in the city of Mala, located to the south of the capital of Peru, Lima. Mala is characterised by its lovely and generous inhabitants of this beautiful little town.

In order to generate income Maria decided to set up a bookshop - a bazaar. This shop has been open for approximately 5 years, long enough to have taught her a lot about her business. She tends the shop from 6:30 in the morning until 8:30 in the evening. During this time she serves an average of 18 customers. Her customers always come back and she is sure that it is because of her friendliness and the variety of products she offers. As another activity she sells "Colado", made from sweetened beans, which she sells weekly to her customers who live near her house.

With the help of Kiva's loans, Maria will be able to buy school supplies and uniforms, and gifts to stock her bazaar. She will also buy some supplies to prepare the colado that she sells. She hopes to be able to increase her sales thanks to the festivities that are celebrated until the month of May. All this effort and business vision will lead her to increase the quantity of her products and so also increase her income as well as being able to save in order to later extend her business, to buy display cabinets, scaffolding and other items. Her dream is to be able to see her business grow and to see her twin daughters married and completely happy.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Laura Darby

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