A loan of $400 helped to buy toys to sell at her shop.

Sonia Antonieta's story

Sonia is a member of the “Niño Divino” (Divine Child) Community Bank. She is 33 years old, married, and has two children, ages 11 and 4. The 11-year-old attends San Juan Secondary School.

Sonia began working as a girl, selling tamales. Twelve years ago, she decided to become a street vendor in various markets. She sold clothes hangers, cosmetics, lingerie, etc. Later, she decided to rent a stall in the Chorrillos San Genaro market and now has a small shop there. There have been difficulties, and she has been threatened with eviction, as the land upon which her shop sits is not sanctioned.

Sonia is asking Kiva's partner FINCA for a loan of 1200 Peruvian nuevos soles (US $400) to purchase toys to sell at her shop. She enjoys attending the meetings of her bank and appreciates the way the bank's staff works. She is happy with the loans that they offer.

Sonia's dream is to own her own shop and to have a three-story home. She also wants her children to be professionals.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer k vickery

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