A loan of $225 helped to buy food products such as rice, sugar, and milk, among others.

Selmita's story

Selmita, 52 years old, is married to Carlos and has one 19-year-old son with whom she lives in her own home. Selmita’s work consists of the sale of grocery products. She has a small store in her home, where she also offers some products from catalogs for her customers, the majority of whom are her friends, neighbors, and relatives. She also possesses a motorcycle taxi that she rents to a trustworthy person.

She has been working all types of jobs for more than 18 years. She has worked alone since her husband makes a living in agriculture and spends much of his time on his farm. What she likes about her work is that she can make money while being in her home, spending time with her son who on some occasions also goes out to work on the motorcycle taxi that she has. In her neighborhood her grocery store is very crowded since she treats her customers well and has everything they need. She has a good income and it is going well for her in this economic activity.

She hopes to later open a business in the sale of motorcycle taxi spare parts and a tire repair shop. This will be her sixth loan with Kiva. Because of this, she is requesting Kiva’s cooperation to be able to concrete her plans. With the amount requested of 600 Nuevo Soles, she will buy food products for her grocery store like rice, sugar, and milk, among others.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sarah Tyler

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