A loan of $1,500 helped to buy her own stall for her business.

Margarita Maria's story

Margarita is 61 years old, but she has the cheerfulness and tenacity of a 20 year-old. Margarita lives in the city of Pisco, located on the southern coast of Peru. This is a place that is known for its warm climate, beautiful beaches, and cuisine based on fish and seafood. Margarita lives with her husband, and together they have 2 children who are adults, but whom they love very much. Margarita was not able to study at a university, because her parents had a low income, but she would have liked to have studied to become a chef because she cooks very well.

Each day, Margarita works in her small business selling vegetables. With the income she earns, she helps her husband with the household expenses. Margarita works about 8 hours a day, and she is able to tend to about 15 customers per day. She believes that she is getting ahead because she is friendly with her customers, and most of all, she does not give up even when faced with adversity.

Margarita is very grateful to the Kiva lenders, because thanks to the support that they have provided, she will be able to buy a stall for her business, which she currently does not have. This way she will not have to pay rent, so she will be able to increase her income and continue to strive to make her greatest dream a reality: to have her own house.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar

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