A loan of $600 helped to buy summer shoes.

Carmen Rosa's story

Carmen lives in the beautiful city of Pisco. It is known for its beautiful beaches and tourist attractions such as the Islas Ballestas and the Paracas Candelabra. There is also fishing and agriculture, especially cotton and corn, among others. Carmen lives with her husband and together they have a 5 year old child. He is her reason for getting ahead and giving the best of herself to show him that with hard work and honesty one can get ahead. She is a very loving mother and she likes to make desserts in her free time, since she is a good cook. She also likes to cook one of her favorite dishes, which is the delicious “arroz con pato” [duck and rice]. Due her parents' lack of resources, Carmen only went to secondary school, but she would have liked to study nursing.

Carmen has worked for 3 years and now she has been able to start her business selling shoes to support her home. With her husband, she is able to pay the family expenses She believes that it is going well for her because she is friendly to the customers, she offers quality products and above all, she is well known and her customers always come back.

Carmen is very grateful to the Kiva lenders, since this is the second time they have offered their valuable help. At this time, she will be able to buy shoes for the summer season and thus have a wider variety of styles to offer her customers and improve her income. This way, she can keep growing and putting her efforts into her work to be able to achieve her biggest dream: "give her son a good education and grow even more in her business."

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue

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