A loan of $675 helped purchase of hogs and lambs.


Julia's story

Julia Zaveleta D. Castilo is 52 years old and lives on Quinigon Avenue in Miramar, a town in the Otuzco province of La Libertad, Peru. Julia is a member of the Communal Bank of Women of Mache and dreams for seeing all of Peru, from north to south. Julia finished 3rd grade and then went to work with her parents. She was unable to continue studying because her parents were very poor. Julia later married Birilo C. and had four children. Two of their children still depend on their parents for support and the other two have moved on.

Julia works out of her home as a trader. She specializes in buying and selling agricultural products such as small animals and grain. She sells grain in both seed form and flour form (flour earns better profits).

Julia has taken out one loan from Manuela Ramos previously. The first loan was for S/. 300 (apx. $100) and was repaid within four months. Julia used the funds to purchase guinea pigs and chickens at a very low price, which she later resold at a good profit.

Julia is now requesting a loan of S/. 2,000 ($675). She will similarly repay this loan in four months and plans to purchase two hogs and two lambs.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Casey Unrein


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