A loan of $975 helped to pay for house improvements.

Giannina Paola's story

Giannina, 24, lives in Chincha, a city famous for its warm and pleasant climate, its beautiful beaches and, above all, its people's gift for preparing the region's traditional dishes, known far and wide for being the best.

In her spare time, Giannina likes to watch television--a welcome distraction, she says--and make "arroz chaufa", a traditional rice dish that's a great favorite of hers. She studied accounting in school and says that she liked it very much. She has worked as a laborer in a "vivero" (could be a plant nursery, but not clear) for a year now. She works 8 hours a day. She says that the job is going well because she is responsible and, above all, because she is driven to get ahead.

Giannina wants to thank Kiva lenders because your past loans have provided the funds she's needed to make improvements to the room where she lives. It's a rented room but she wants to make additional improvements with materials that will make the space safer and more comfortable. She says that she will continue to work hard to fulfill her dreams, "To have a house of my own and a better job".

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jere Wiseman

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