A loan of $600 helped to buy wood.

Doris's story

Doris, 54, is a widow with six children. Currently, she is only responsible for three of them. They are 22, 19, and 16 years old. She lives with them in her own home, which she built with a lot of effort and dedication. She works manufacturing charcoal. She rents some land far from the city that has been set aside for this purpose, and she works there every day. She buys leftover wood from nearby carpenters, and then she sets up ceramic ovens, where she puts all the wood she has collected. She covers it with sawdust and then lights it, and then waits several weeks until the wood is baked enough to be charcoal. She has had this business for three years, and she says that it is very demanding, but very profitable. She has three workers and occasionally works with her son-in-law. She also sells food in her home in the evenings. What she likes about her work is that she can work and feel useful to her family. It makes her feel good to know that she has more to give to others, even if it isn't much. She says that what she likes most is interacting with people. This is why she hopes that her business keeps growing at the same rhythm. This is her fifth Kiva loan. She is very glad for the financial support that she has received, because she feels confident that she can move forward with her work. She promises to make her payments on time. With the amount she is applying for, 1,500 soles, she will buy assorted boxes of discarded wood to use in manufacturing charcoal.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Caitlin Jones

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