A loan of $950 helped to purchase a refrigerator.


Maria Gladys's story

Maria is a 43 year old woman who lives with her husband and does not have children. They own their home, located in the rural settlement of Guaraguaos Alto Lote 115, belonging to Tambogrande District, which is several hours from Piura Province. The settlement’s inhabitants both farm and raise cattle.

Nowadays Maria has found it profitable to start a small business selling food as a street vendor. She sells “salchipapas” (fried potatoes served with hotdogs and sauces) and “salchipollo” (fried potatoes served with fried chicken and sauces) among other dishes. She works at her business on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, since these are the days that attract most customers. Her husband helps generate household income by farming and has leased land on which he has planted rice and corn. He farms every day, maintaining and tending his crops.

Maria needs to buy a refrigerator to store and keep her supplies so she will not lose them and incur losses in her business. Consequently she is requesting a loan from Edpyme Alternativa in the amount of 2,500 nuevos soles in order to purchase this item.

We know that Maria is a responsible client due to the prompt repayments of her previous loans to our institution.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Diane Chaney


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