A loan of $275 helped to purchase a "raspadillera" (snow cone machine), cups, and spoons.

Maria Rosana's story

María is a 37 year old woman who lives in the city of Chincha. She is a very friendly, hard-working, and enthusiastic person with a strong desire to succeed. Regrettably, because of a lack of economic resources and the need to work to pay her expenses, María couldn’t study for the professional degree in nursing that she wanted but she would have really liked to have done so. In her free time, she enjoys listening to music and sometimes she cooks a delicious “Carapulcra”* to share with her parents when they visit.

By her own initiative, and with much determination and dedication, María works in her small business selling gelatins, lollipops, and “raspadillas” (snow cones). In addition, during the winter season, she sells delicious sweets such as maize porridge, “colado” (traditional Peruvian dessert prepared with beans, sugar, cloves, and toasted sesame seeds) and other desserts. She works every day from early in the morning and can work about six hours. María feels at ease doing her work and believes that it is going well because of the friendly treatment she provides to her customers.

María is grateful for the Kiva loans because thanks to the help provided, she will be able to buy a “raspadillera” (snow cone machine) as well as disposable cups and spoons. In this way, María’s business will be better equipped and she will be able to service more customers. So then, María will continue working and striving to get ahead and achieve her great dream of completing overall construction of her home.

* An ancient dish of Andean origin, carapulcra is a peculiar pork and dry-potato stew, flavored with chocolate, cumin, peanuts, port wine, and coriander.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Eleanor Francoletti-Putz

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