A loan of $200 helped purchase supplies for the parties of carnival.

Juana's story

Juana, 56, is single and lives with her daughter and grandson in her own house that was built with her ex-husband. Juana's business is selling various items of common use such as nail polish, bobby pins, some clothing, toys, cotton, and mirrors etc. Every day from early morning, she opens the doors of her shop, located inside a crowded market, to serve all customers who come to her establishment in search of a product with the assurance that they will find what they need.

She remembers that when she started in this business she did not have many products to offer so she could not have good sales during the day. That was discouraging, but nevertheless she found a solution. She got a small amount of capital and gradually implemented her small selling station. She is doing very well now for 10 years in this business. What she most likes about her work is to share with clients moments of happiness; to talk to them and see them start the day with a smile. She believes that the hardest part is getting up early, especially when she feels tired, however, she knows that's her job and she has to do it. She expects her business to grow further and provide better financial income

With this opportunity, Juana will request 500 soles. She is very happy to know she has financial support, as this will make her feel more confident to move forward with her work. She also promises once again to meet timely payment of her dues. With the requested loan, she will buy products to be used in the celebration of their city's carnivals such as balloons, water guns and powders. As they approach the celebration of the holidays these items will be in high demand this season.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Angela Yeh

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