A loan of $600 helped to buy plastic food containers, supplies such as beans, chanchaca, sesame in buik, etc.

Carmen Rosa's story

Carmen is 55-years-old, she lives in the city of Chincha, a city which is characterized by its warm and welcoming climate. Its inhabitants are also very happy people who have a special gift in preparing dishes. The city of Chincha is the birthplace of major Peruvian sporting athletes and above all, it is where one of the traditional dances of our country, the Festejo, is danced. Carmen is mother to four children, who are now all adults, but for whom she has always fought to given them a dignified life and in particular, a true example of hard work and love. Rosa is a very hardworking woman, but when she has a bit of free time, she very much likes watching television and on occasions, she loves preparing one of her favorite dishes which is the delicious “Arroz con Pato con causa rellena”. Given her minimal financial resources, she could only complete up to the 4th year of secondary school, but she would have liked to study to be a secretary.

From day to day, Rosa works in her small business selling colado (a traditional bean dessert), which is a very delicious sweet that can be eaten with bread or eaten alone. She also sells sandwiches and drinks called champús which is also a typical sweet in our country. Rosa works around 10 hours a day in her business, she believes that it the business is going well for her because she has a lot of experience and because she has an excellent sense of taste.

Carmen is very grateful to the Kiva loan lenders as this is the second time that they have given their enormous help, and on this occasion, she will be able to buy merchandise for her business such as plastic food containers to sell her products, as well as supplies such as beans, chanchaca (a sweet sugary sauce), and sesame in bulk, etc. In this manner, she will be able to offer her products in a better way, increase her sales and continue fighting every day to make her greatest dream a reality: building her home as it collapsed in the 2007 earthquake.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Severine

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