A loan of $775 helped to make improvements on her house.

Elsa Irene's story

Elsa is a 49-year-old single woman. She lives in the city of Ica. She's a very pleasant, hardworking, and enthusiastic person who has a big desire to improve herself. Unfortunately, due to a lack of financial resources and having to work from a young age to help her parents, she wasn't able to study to be a nurse as she would have liked.

On her own initiative and with a lot of effort and dedication, Elsa set up her small business selling fruits. From an early hour every day she tends her stall in a small market in the city, working approximately 12 hours a day. She thinks it's going well for her because of the friendly service she gives her customers.

Elsa's very grateful to the Kiva lenders because thanks to their help she'll be able to improve her house. She wants to be able to plaster, paint, and put in the floor in her room. This way Elsa will have a suitable and safe environment that will give her greater well-being.

Elsa will continue to work and make the effort to achieve her goals and realize her dream, to finish building her own house.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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