A loan of $875 helped to buy sweets wholesale and use the profits to save money to repair her home.


Rosa's story

Rosa is a 61-year-old single mother of one son who makes her living selling sweets. She is a simple, kind, perseverant, and hard-working woman who never gives up. She does business from Monday to Sunday on 53rd Street in the area of Chasquipampa at the edge of the city.

Rosa is short and dark-skinned with long, grey braids. Her face shows the passing of the years and she wears traditional clothing (a poncho and skirt). Every day she gets up with the sun, arranges her boxes and travels to the place where she sells her sweets. When she arrives there, she opens her boxes and places her sweets where her clients can see them. Her regular clients are passers-by on their way to work and young people on their way to high school or university, among others. Her economic situation requires her to be at work until sundown, when she puts away her sweets and returns home. She has been following this routine for 17 years.

Her business needs include buying sweets wholesale to cut costs. She intends to save money to fix her home and she wants to sell toys and school supplies in the future. Therefore, she is asking for a loan to buy sweets wholesale and use the profits to save money to repair her home.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Laura Swett



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