A loan of $975 helped to buy a washing machine and irons.


Marcelina's story

Marcelina lives in the city of Nazca, which is known for its very warm and welcoming atmosphere and its agriculture, especially the cultivation of prickly pear, cotton, butter beans, and other crops. Marcelina has been through many difficult times, especially when life circumstances left her a widow and she had to struggle very hard to provide for her daughter. Her daughter is now an adult and has given her a wonderful granddaughter whom Marcelina loves very much and spoils rotten. Marcelina is a very hardworking woman and, above all, a cheerful and determined spirit. Day after day, she works in the laundry department of a business in her city. She works about eight hours a day, and she also offers an in-home laundry service to her neighbors. She is very well-known and this service provides extra income for her household expenses. She believes that her business is going well because she is very responsible and especially because she has a strong desire to get ahead. Marcelina is very grateful to the Kiva lenders; thanks to their help, she will be able to buy a new washing machine and new irons so that she can offer her laundry service to other businesses. By doing that, she will be able to improve her income and continue struggling every day to be able to realize her greatest dream: to have a chain of laundromats and support her daughter and her granddaughter.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Holly Torpey



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