A loan of $725 helped to buy rice, sugar, milk, pasta, flour, and other merchandise.

Juana's story

Juana, 34, is married and the mother of three children with whom she lives in her own house.

Juana earns a living selling food products such as rice, sugar, oil, milk, and others. She sends all these products to the hamlets located on the banks of the rivers and areas far from the city. Her brother receives all the merchandise and sells it to residents of the area. She started more than two years ago. When she's not traveling she sells food at night in front of her house.

She considers her businesses profitable for the income they generate for her, which she uses to cover the household expenses and her children's education. Her income wasn't enough to pay for her children's necessities before starting with this job. Now, seeing the good results she's getting, she plans to increase the volume of her purchases.

Currently she'll request 2000 soles [PEN]. She's very happy to receive some financial support so she can get ahead. She also promises to make her payments punctually.

With the requested amount she'll buy a variety of merchandise such as rice, sugar, milk, pasta, flour, and other products to sell by the river, trying to get lower prices for her cash purchases.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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