A loan of $1,150 helped to buy merchandise such as stuffed toys, home decorations, and clothing, among other things.

Carmen Rosa's story

Carmen is a very enthusiastic woman. She is the mother of two children, both of whom have reached their majority. She loves them very much and in spite of their being grown up she always gives them a great deal of love and affection. Her husband is her right hand and also her best friend. He works in the municipality of the district in which they live and both he and Carmen contribute to payment of their home expenses. Their house is located in the district of Parcona, Ica, Peru. The district of Parcona is known for its agriculture, especially the cultivation of cotton, and for the generosity of its population. When Carmen has free time to spend, she likes to watch movies and also takes advantage of the opportunity to enjoy one of her favorite dishes, which is the delicious "rice with duck." She was only able to study through high school, but she told us that she would have liked to study medicine.

With enthusiasm, Carmen works day to day in her business, "Bodega Bazar" (Grocery Bazaar), in which she sells products such as groceries as well as stuffed animals, decorations, and toys, among other things. She devotes around ten hours to her business every day and is able to serve up to fifteen clients in one workday. She thinks that things will go well for her in her business because she sells attractive and novel products, and because she is very pleasant toward her clients.

Carmen is very grateful to the Kiva lenders, since it is thanks to the support that they have provided that she will be able to buy merchandise for Mother's Day, such as home decorations and clothing, among other things. In this way, she will increase her earnings and also be able to continue working every day to achieve her greatest dream, "to have a larger business."

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Kate Kremer

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