A loan of $200 helped to buy a gas stove.

Silvana Estefania's story

Silvana is an 18 year-old youth who lives in the city of Ica, which is a place known for its warm and welcoming climate. She works in agriculture, specifically; she cultivates grapes, asparagus, cotton, and other crops. Due to a lack of money, Silvana was only able to complete 5 years of secondary school, but she would have liked to have been able to study cosmetology.

Day by day Silvana works as an assistant at a stall, selling clothing. She works for about 9 hours a day, and she is able to tend to up to 20 customers per day. She believes that she is getting ahead because she is very friendly to the customers, and most of all, she is responsible and charming.

Silvana is very grateful to the Kiva lenders because thanks to their support, she will be able to buy a gas stove for her mother, who currently cooks with a kerosene stove. In this way, she will be able to improve her family's quality of life and continue her efforts to make her greatest dream a reality: to study cosmetology and have her own beauty spa.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar

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