A loan of $975 helped to improve her home.

Juana's story

Juana is a very hard-working woman. She has three children who are now adults and who she has helped to get ahead with the support of her husband by teaching them that with work and sacrifice, anything is possible. Juana's home is located in the city of Camaná, a city known for agriculture, especially growing rice, lima beans, corn, and other crops. There is also fishing and, above all else, there is great diversity in typical cuisine such as the delicious "Chupe de Camarones" (Shrimp Chowder). When she has free time she likes to go on walks with her family to spend time with them. Because of her parents' lack of resources, Juana only studied in primary school - though she would have liked very much to study at the university.

Day by day, Juana works in her business selling bread rolls, cookies, sodas, and other items. She works about eight hours per day as with the income from her work she can help her husband with the household expenses. She thinks that her business is going well because she works with pleasure and above all else because of her desire to succeed.

Juana is very thankful to the people who loan to Kiva; thanks to their help she will be able to make improvements on her home, especially with the plumbing as the pipes have leaked into the walls of the house, making the walls damp. She will also paint the walls and with these improvements will have a better quality of life and will avoid deterioration of the house. In this way she will continue to work to realize her biggest dream, which she says is, "To have a shop to sell her products."

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Anna Ruby Waxham Blackwell

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