A loan of $475 helped to purchase secondhand clothes and video games.

Melita's story

Melita is 41 years old, married, and has six children who are 2, 4, 7, 16, 18, and 20 years old. All of her children depend on their parents for their education and food, and they all live together in a house she owns.

Melita works selling used clothing. Her sales locations are located in the towns found along the main highway in the city. In times of higher demand, she sells in the communities located by the banks of the rivers. She also exchanges clothing for domestic animals that she later raises and feeds and sells. She has done this work for more than 11 years, however the need to care for her younger children has led her to think about starting a business that would allow her to be at home earning income. Therefore, she wants to start a business renting video games.

What she likes about her work is that she always has customers who need items of clothing. She does not like having to travel for hours transporting heavy bags with her merchandise. Now all of her hopes are in the new business she wants to start, although she says she will continue to sell clothing, but now from her home. For this, she needs to have good infrastructure to provide security to the televisions she will use for the video game rental as well as the exhibition of garments that she is offering to the public.

This is Melita's fourth loan with Kiva and she is happy with the opportunity provided to make a good investment. She is sure that she can make her payments punctually. With the requested loan of 1200 soles, she will purchase used clothing and video games.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Eileen Lloyd

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