A loan of $750 helped to buy merchandise for her store.

Rocio Del Carmen's story

Rocío, 34, is the mother of two children who are 11 and 13 years old; she lives in the city of Ica. Mala is an alluvial valley formed by the river of the same name. It has regular elevations consisting of hills and Andean foothills which sometimes reach the coastline. It also has a geographic area that stands out called “Los Platanales” which used to include very humid, salty terrain where there was quite a bit of subterranean water due to the presence of low-lying cold water located at a shallow depth that make the soil apt for fruit farming, especially Mala bananas and grapes.

Like all good Peruvians, she likes the food very much and one of her favorite dishes is the very delicious “Carapulcra.” Rocío only completed fifth grade of secondary school but she would have like to have studied computer and information sciences. Because of this she strives daily to get ahead so that her children who are the most important things she has in life will be better than her.

With much effort she managed to have her own grocery and cleaning supplies business. She spends about 15 hours daily at work and sees about 25 customers daily. She believes that she does well in her business because she pays attention to her customers and tends to them in a kindly way.

Rocío is very grateful to Kiva lenders because thanks to their support she will be able to buy more merchandise for her store like school supplies (notebooks, folders, backpacks and pencils, among others) and she will be able to have a wider variety of products to improve her income which will allow her to continue to strive daily to reach her greatest dream: “To own her own house and give her children a good education.”

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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