A loan of $400 helped to buy merchandise for her hardware store.

Gladis Melva's story

Gladis was born in the city of Cusco, Peru. She is now 50 years old, a widow and has 2 children who are students that depend on her. Her main business activity is hardware: she sells items of hardware and everything relating to construction materials and accessories. She works everyday in her shop located in the San Sebastián district of the city of Cusco.

She wants her activity and her store to grow in order to leave something to her children. At this time, Gladis needs a loan to buy more merchandise and stock her business, as competition in this commercial sector of the city has increased.

Gladis belongs to the San Rafael communal bank in the city of Cusco.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Severine

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