A loan of $600 helped to buy several sacks of imported clothes.


Maria's story

María, 59, is a brave, single mother. She lives with her two children, Juan and Raquel in a house she’s rented for many years. Thanks to her perseverance, she was able to raise her children because she works in various activities. From Monday to Friday she sells all kinds of clothes in various colors and sizes to residents in her zone. Her work consists in going house to house because she does not have a store or a specific spot where she can be found. Her additional secret is to sell clothes on market days in the cities of Huancayo and Huancavelica. Later on she hopes to rent a centrally located space in the city. Similarly, on weekends she sells ‘mazamorra’ [sweet made from purple corn] at the big market that takes place in the city of Huancayo earning extra money. Since she knows that all effort is rewarded, she continues working non-stop because she wants to see her children become fulfilled and with future plans.

She belongs to the “IDME” communal bank and this is MFP loan #29. In all these years she’s managed to improve her business because she managed her money very intelligently. On the other hand, she promises once again to make her installment payments. Also, it pleases her to be part of her association where all the members are mutually supportive, “like a family,” she affirms. María will use the money to buy several sacks of imported clothes for the Christmas season because that’s when sales increase.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz


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