A loan of $200 helped to buy corn.

Marìa Esther's story

María, 54, is married and has two children in her care. She lives with her husband in Laynas settlement which is ten minutes from La Matanza District. The community is small with very respectful residents. María has been selling chicha de jora [drink based on fermented corn] for four years at home and in the center of Laynas. She also raises small farm animals to sell in local markets once they attain ideal size and weight.

The amount of the loan requested is 508 new soles that she’s asking for to invest in her chicha de jora business, specifically to buy hard yellow corn. In this way she’ll have better income and thus better living conditions in the zone. Above all, she will provide better customer service. Investment in this type of business is very good because of the market potential of most of the residents. It is exclusively housewives who are in this line of work so she will earn higher profits.

One of her main goals is to provide good service to win over more customers who are able to pay. To attain all this María works hard every day. She’s well known in the zone and she has an established regular clientele.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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