A loan of $500 helped she needs a loan of 1600 soles to buy 30 crates of fruit.

Maria Elena's story

Elena is a member of the communal bank Mi Buen Pastor. She is married, 38 years old and has two children aged 7 and 12 that are in private school. She studied cosmetic dermatology for three years and had a beauty salon, but closed it because she met her husband. For nine years her husband has sold fruit and she went to work with him selling fruit every day from 9 am until 10 pm. On the farm she feels tranquil, she can invest and move more capital and learn the business from the other members. She needs a loan of 1600 soles to purchase 30 crates of fruit daily. The dream of Maria is to finish studying dermatology and work by teaching cosmetology.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Helen Smith

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