A loan of $700 helped to buy products like rice, sugar, and other groceries.

Carmen's story

Carmen, 54, has four children and is married to Paul. She lives in her own house. Carmen generates income through a number of activities, but the main one is selling groceries. She has a small store that is set up in her house where she awaits her customers. Her customers are sure to find all of the varied types of products they are looking for in her store.

Carmen has had this business for more than 9 years, and her husband helps her with the business. She enjoys her work, because as she works independently, she has the time available to carry out other activities. With this business, she is also able to work in a punctual and tranquil manner as a teacher in an educational institution in the city.

Carmen always has customers in her business, and she's maintained a good record of purchases from a soft drink distributor who has put promotional product displays in her business. She has big plans for the business on how she will make it grow. She believes that in the future she will expand it, because one of her main plans is to enlarge her grocery store.

This is Carmen's 5th loan with Kiva. She is very happy to know that she has financial support, because this way she feels secure in moving forward with the business. In turn, she promises to make her payments on time.

With the sum of 1,800 Peruvian soles that she requests, she will buy more products to offer, including products like rice, sugar, flour, eggs, and other items. The prices of these items are changing, so she can offer them at a better price and thus continue to have satisfied customers.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar

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