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

Luisa Melina's story

Luisa is a very hardworking woman with much initiative. She lives with her husband who is her right hand and supports everything she takes on; despite working as a warehouse man in a fishing firm he always finds time to support Luisa. Her five year old little girl also lives with them. She is the best gift God could have given her and she tells us that she’d give her life just to see her happy.

Her house is located in the city of Pisco, a city that was devastated by the 2007 earthquake in which many people perished leaving behind much sorrow among the residents. It’s also well known because the Ballestas Islands are located there which receive large numbers of tourists all year round and also because of the fishing and agriculture there.

Luisa used to be a clothes merchant but didn’t do too well because she’d sell her items on credit and unfortunately she wouldn’t be paid back and gradually lost the profits she’d made. But, she got the idea of opening a grocery store which is where she works now; she’s been in this business for three years now and she believes she does well in it because of the kind way she treats her customers and because she’d gained experience from her previous business and now she knows how to run her current business much better.

Luisa is very grateful to Kiva lenders because thanks to the help they’ve given her she will be able to buy merchandise for her store like rice, sugar, noodles, vegetables and snacks, among others which will allow her to have a wider variety of goods available and to improve her income to continue improving each day and striving to attain her greatest dream which is: to grow as a micro businesswoman and to give her family a better quality of life.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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