A loan of $400 helped maintain the computers in her internet cafe and buy manure for her crops.

Diana's story

Diana is 22 years old, a single mother, and lives in her parents house with her younger brothers. The house is located in the district of San Roman-Chanchamayo. Diana's business has internet cubicles; she has 6 computers for rent by the hour. In addition, she purchased a photocopier and now makes copies for students of all ages. “An advantage is that my business is in the center of the city and, for this reason, there is never a shortage of customers,” she mentions. And, as Diana reported, she also farms; her parents have provided a parcel of land. Diana and her brother have planted a little coffee and plantains. In this way, she has saved sufficient money to study a career at the university, which is one of her proximate goals.

This will be her 1st loan through MFP. Diana gives her word that she will be punctual in her monthly payments. She belongs to “Las Triunfadoras” [The Triumphant Ones] communal bank, and she feels comfortable at forming a part of a group of responsible and supportive people.

With the solicited funds, Diana will carry out maintenance on her computers; the remainder will be used to acquire sacks of manure for her new plantings.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Harold Dana Sims, PhD

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