A loan of $375 helped to buy pigs and to repair their pens.


Maritza's story

Maritza is 40 years old and lives in the city of Ica, a place which has warm and comfortable weather, but at the same time, variable weather, and where there is a lot of agriculture, especially cotton production and grape growing among other crops. Maritza learned how to work from a young age because her parents had a low income, and that is why she was only able to study up to 5th grade of secondary school.

Maritza work day to day in her small business of rearing and selling pigs and also sells candy outside the cemetery in her city. She works around 9 hours a day and serves around 15 customers per day. She uses the income to support her parents with the household expenses. She feels that she is making progress because she is very polite to her customers and, above all, because she makes an effort to do better every day.

Maritza is very grateful to the Kiva lenders because, thanks to their help, she has been able to improve the pig pens and has been able to buy more merchandise to stock her business. In this way, she will be able to continue working and fighting to make her greatest dream come true: “for her daughter to be able to study a profession.”

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Geraldine Pugh



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