A loan of $325 helped to buy fish, hot peppers, limes, and other products.

Beatriz's story

Beatriz, 31, is married to David, with whom she has five minor children. She lives with her family in her own house, which she managed to get thanks to the money she and her husband saved.

Beatriz's main business activity is selling one of the most representative traditional dishes of Peru, ceviche. To do this she devotes her weekends to buying fresh regional fish, mainly "doncella" [coris julis]. Her business locale is in her father-in-law's house near a very busy park, which allows her to have guaranteed customers.

She has had this business for more than five years and fortunately it's going very well for her. She has the help of her husband and her sister-in-law. She alternates her job with selling nutritional products in her spare time. What she likes about her job is she can entertain herself at the same she generates her own income. She also has time to do household activities.

Currently she'll request 800 soles [PEN]. She's very happy to know she has some financial support that offers her the guarantee of continuing to work very hard. She promises to continue being a punctual member with her payments.

With the amount requested she'll buy all the ingredients she needs to prepare this succulent dish, such as fresh fish, limes, hot peppers, condiments, vegetables, and other products wholesale.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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