A loan of $400 helped purchase of a bull to fatten.


Marielena's story

Señora Mariaelena is a member of the communal bank “Chojchoni” in the district of Copani in the province of Yunguyo-Puno. She is 54, is married, and has 2 children, one of whom is a minor and whom she still supports financially. Her husband works as a mechanic in Tacna.

With the first loan she received of 300 nuevos soles, she purchased potatoes, potato flour, and oca (a root vegetable similar to a potato) to sell in Tacna. At the same time, she raises small animals. With this loan of 1,200 nuevos soles, which will be repaid in 4 months, she will purchase one bull to fatten. Her dream is to see her son finish his studies and become a professional.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Tanya Harper


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