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Irma Zonia
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With the prior experience of trying out natural medicine products on her son when he was ill, she decided to market them and sell them with the goal of generating more income for her home. However, Sonia does not only work at selling natural remedies but she also has gotten together with a group of friends to offer catering for various events.

Even though it would be enough for anybody to work at two jobs, Sonia does not know the meaning of the word tiredness and decided that she could and had time for one more task; she is willing to work at whatever she need to. This is how, in addition to her two small businesses, she sells typical Peruvian food on the weekends outside of her home. Sonia is definitely a woman and mother that is capable of many things that is why she is currently planning to open a restaurant in a strategic place with her family. This is not only to generate income but also give steady work to her friends.

When it comes to her family life, she is very happy to be able provide her two minor children with the education that they need. She is also happy in being able to count on her husband’s support in all her projects, including the culmination of the construction of her house.

Translated from Spanish by Laura Bobbit, Kiva volunteer.

Con la previa experiencia de haber probado la eficacia de unos productos de medicina natural en su hijo cuando este enfermó, decidió empezar a promocionarlos y venderlos con la idea de generar un ingreso mas para su hogar. Sin embargo, Zonia no solo se dedica a vender medicina natural, ella, junto con un grupo de amigas, se han unido hace un año para ofrecer el servicio de buffet para diversos eventos según el contrato.

Aunque pueda resultar suficiente para cualquiera contar con dos trabajos, Zonia no conoce la palabra cansancio y pensó que si podía y tenía tiempo para uno más, ella estaba dispuesta a seguir trabajando en lo que fuere. Es así que, además, de estos dos pequeños negocios, los fines de semana ella vende fuera de su casa algunas comidas típicas del Perú. Definitivamente, Zonia es una mujer, madre de familia, que es capaz de muchas cosas, por ello, hoy en día, planea abrir un restaurante en un lugar estratégico junto con un familiar, esto no solo parar generar ingresos para ella sino también, para darle trabajo fijo a sus amigas.

En el aspecto familiar ella se siente muy contenta al poder brindarle a sus dos menores hijos la educación que ellos necesitan. También está contenta de contar con el apoyo de su esposo en todos sus proyectos, incluyendo la culminación de la construcción de su casa.

Additional Information


EDAPROSPO seeks to use micro-credit to foster productive commercial activity for the sake of economic and social development within vulnerable urban and rural sectors traditionally neglected by commercial banks. By offering innovative products such as technical education loans and microfinance groups for young people, EDAPROSPO helps disadvantaged Peruvians lift themselves out of poverty.

About Peru

  • $12,000
    Average annual income
  • 35
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    Peru Loans Fundraising
  • $64,316,075
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $275 helped Irma Zonia increase the merchandise in the venue of natural remedies.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
8 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
May 11, 2008
Apr 27, 2008
Currency Exchange Loss:
Oct 25, 2008