A loan of $550 helped to buy stock merchandise for her store.

Santosa's story

Santosa, 54, is an unassuming woman; she’s been widowed for 29 years and raised her four children, who are all formed and on their way now, alone. She lives alone now in the house she bought 30 years ago.

At the beginning she grew crops and raised animals like all the other farmers but when her husband died she bought a house on the local main square and decided to open a grocery store because there was none in the zone. In time she earned good profits and competition increased but this didn’t discourage her for she had loyal customers that never stopped shopping in her store. As time went by, she became better established and today is one of the most respected shops in the zone and many of its residents buy their food from her store.

She now wants to increase working capital to continue caring for her customers. This is her second Kiva loan and she’s grateful for this progress opportunity and promises to be punctual with her payments. Santosa will use the 1,500 soles to buy goods like rice, sugar and milk, among others, for her grocery store.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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