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María Teodora's story

María is a 37-year-old married woman with four minor children in her care. She lives with her spouse and children in her own house. She says that the quality of life in the community is subsistence. The majority of the residents are independent workers in commerce and raising small animals. Some of them also work in agriculture.

María lives in the village of Barrio Libre in the district of Tambogrande in the department of Piura. She has only basic electric services. She also says that in the village approximately 100 families live in these conditions.

María's business is selling basic necessities such as rice, sugar, mixed vegetables, eggs, milk, oil, noodles, detergent, sweets, beverages, etc. She has her small store installed in her own home, where she attends to her loyal customers. She also raises sheep and fowl in corrals outside her house. It is worth emphasizing that María has five years of experience in this business, which has allowed her to keep her established customers in both businesses. Her spouse supports her wholeheartedly in the work he does, there being a good family relationship between them.

Currently María has set out to expand the inventory regarding her commercial establishment (store) and her small animals. This is because it is a very profitable business in the area.

This is why she is requesting a new loan for the amount of 4000 nuevos soles (PEN), which will be used to invest in buying merchandise (groceries) as well as in making improvements to the front of her house. She will buy corrugated metal because of the rainy season that is approaching in the area. This will allow her to continue improving her family's living conditions.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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