A loan of $950 helped to stock her fruit and vegetable sales business.

Nores Nore's story

Nores, 47, is a hard-working woman. She is the mother of 7 children who she has had to work hard to support because their father abandoned the family when the children were still very young. She has carried on, though, despite the hardships. She lives in a modest house in the city of Nazca. Nazca is known for its mild climate and for the famous Nazca Lines, huge hieroglyphs carved into the hard earth by the ancient Nazca culture and believed to be a sort of calendar. Farms in the area produce beans, maize, etc. Nores likes to watch television when she can spare the time for it. She especially likes telenovelas because they are a happy distraction from her everyday worries. She would have liked to have gone to college, but her parents couldn't afford it and she was only able to finish a few years of high school.

Nores operates a business selling fruits, vegetables and groceries at a local market. She works 10 hours a day and sees up to 20 customers. She says that she is happy with the business and that it is successful because she provides a good service and good products at a reasonable price.

Nores is grateful to Kiva lenders because your loans have allowed her to stock the merchandise--onions, potatoes, lemons, beer, mineral water, etc.--she needs to stay in business. Thanks to your loans, she has been able to buy better products and a wider range of merchandise and, in turn, increase her income. She tells us that her greatest wish is "To have a larger store and go on helping her children get ahead".

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jere Wiseman

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