A loan of $500 helped purchase of lamps and other materials.

Virginia Mercedes's story

Virginia Mejía J. is part of the Communal Bank, “Niño Manuelito II,” in the province of Huaraz.

Virginia is 40 years old, married and has 3 children. Virginia comments that she has not had very difficult problems to confront, on the contrary, she has gone through life peacefully. The greatest success of her business is that it serves to support her husband and her family. She sells various materials that she collects from the banks of the Santa river in the neighborhood of Tacllán on the outskirts of the city of Huaraz. Every day Virginia extracts fine sand and thick mud to sell to buyers that transport the supplies to construction sites. She says that her business has grown regularly and she does not have many difficulties with this work. With this loan of $500, which she will repay over the course of 8 months, she will invest in her business through the purchase of materials for extraction (lamps). She will also purchase smaller containers of raw material to sell in the large quantities to buyers. Virginia hopes to receive training to improve her business and her personal life.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Laura Gilchrest

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