A loan of $400 helped to stock her store.


Cirila's story

Cirila is 42 years old, married and has three children. They all live together in an adobe house. Cirilia sells food products and had been doing so for three years, when she stopped working in the fields with her husband, where they raised organic cacao. Since she had an area with a view of the street, and money saved up from her previous work, she bought a little bit of merchandise to give it a try. Over the next few months she was able to obtain good earnings because she didn’t have any competition in the area, which was the reason for her to acquire more merchandise on her next purchase. Thanks to her earnings, she has been able to pay for her children’s university education, giving her reason to keep working. She sells primary needs products such as canned goods, and cold drinks of which she has great demand due to living in a tropical climate. She wants to get more non-perishable items to increase her earnings and supply. Her business for a longer time. This is a very selfless job because she can stay at home and not neglect caring for her children while her husband continues supporting the family financially from the fields. She eventually wants to expand her business and support her children’s education as a lifetime investment. This will be her first loan through Kiva and she is grateful. She is asking for 1,000 PEN in order to buy sacks of rice and sugar to supply her business with these high demand products.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes


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