A loan of $400 helped to buy beef.


Gladys's story

Gladys, 32, is considered by her girlfriends to be a very hardworking woman who is very responsible with her family. Still childless she hopes to form a home alongside a responsible, affectionate man. She owns a house built of substantial materials where her parents live currently. She’s devoted to her home and decided as a woman to become an entrepreneur to improve her family’s economy by means of her work. Encouraged by her brothers-in-law she started selling meat. She’s been in this business for 8 years. She started out doing it informally until her municipality eventually granted her a stand in the local wholesale foodstuffs market. Her usual way of working requires her to order live cattle from various zones in the high Andean regions that are sent to the local slaughterhouse and she subsequently sells them in her stand where she’s noted for offering the best fresh cuts at incomparable prices. After many years of work, she considers her work to be very demanding but she wouldn't change it for now. When the rainy season starts in her location the price of cattle increases which is why she must have capital on-hand to place her orders ahead of time. She hopes in future to open the same kind of business at home and to have meat saws she’s unable to install at her stand for lack of space. This is her first loan and she feels very grateful for the opportunity provided; she hopes to continue working with the same enthusiasm that characterizes her to be punctual with her installment payments. In order to be able to continue working with efficiency, she needs 1,000 new soles for her next cattle order to her suppliers.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz


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