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Maria is 42 years old. She lives in the city of Pucallpa, a city in the Peruvian jungle. It is an admirable city and above all the beautiful scenery is loved by year-round tourists.

Maria is the mother of three children, and she and her husband struggle together to give them a better life, and above all, to be good people. When Maria has free time she likes to eat one of her favorite dishes, which is the tasty “Tacu-Tacu con huevo frito” [leftover rice mixed with a bean purée and then fried, with a fried egg served on top]. Maria says that she would have liked to study gastronomy but because of financial reasons was only able to study through the fifth year of secondary school.

Maria works every day in her small business of selling kebabs. She works around eight hours a day. She gets up very early in order to be able to prepare her dishes. She believes that her business is going well because of the tasty food and above all because she attends to her clients with a friendly attitude.

Maria is very grateful for the Kiva loans because thanks to the help they provide her she can buy two kebab carts, as her customer base has grown and having only one cart slows her down while preparing her dishes. This will allow her to serve her clients better and thus she can improve her income, so she can continue fighting to reach her greatest dream: to give her children a good education, to have her own premises and to build a house with good materials.
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Maria tiene 42 años de edad, vive en la ciudad de Pucallpa, ciudad que se encuentra en la selva peruana, es una ciudad muy calidad y sobre todo con paisajes hermosos que enamoran a muchos turistas en todo el año. Maria es madre de 3 hijos y junto a su esposo trabajan y se esfuerzan mucho para poder darles una vida mejor y sobre todo sean personas de bien. Maria cuando tiene un tiempo libre le gusta mucho comer uno de sus platillos favoritos el cual es el riquísimo “Tacu-Tacu con huevo frito, Maria nos comenta que le hubiera encantado poder estudiar gastronomía ya que por sus recursos económicos solo estudio hasta el quinto de secundaria.

Día a día Maria trabaja en su pequeño negocio de venta de anticuchos, ella trabaja alrededor de 8 horas al día y se levanta muy temprano para poder preparar sus platillos; ella cree que le va bien en su negocio porque tiene muy buena sazón y sobre todo porque atiende de manera amable a sus clientes.

Maria esta muy agradecida con los prestatarios Kiva ya que gracias a ala ayuda que le han brindado podrá comprar 2 carritos anticucheros, ya que sus clientes ha aumentado y con un solo carrito se demora para poder preparar sus platillos; de esta manera el podrá mejorar la atención a sus clientes y de esta manera poder mejorar sus ingresos, así ella podrá seguir luchando por hacer realidad su más grande sueño:” Darle una buena educación a sus hijos, tener un local propio y construir su casa de material noble”.

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About Caja Rural Señor de Luren

Caja Rural Señor de Luren is a microfinance institution based in Ica in southern Peru that primarily promotes the development of the country’s agricultural sector through lending. Today, it also offers credit for consumers, microenterprises and housing improvements, and has expanded its financial services to promote micro-savings and provide micro-insurance. This institution has been instrumental in helping borrowers recover from the devastating earthquake in the Ica region in 2007, and works with Peru’s National Bank to reach some of the poorest and most remote microfinance clients in the country.

About Peru

  • $12,000
    Average annual income
  • 37
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    Peru Loans Fundraising
  • $64,381,600
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 2.6
    Peru Nuevos Soles (PEN) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $700 helped Maria to buy kebab carts which will help her to serve clients faster thereby expanding both business and income.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
15 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Sep 24, 2012
Nov 1, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Nov 17, 2013