A loan of $500 helped to buy more small electronics to sell.

Maria's story

Maria is a member of the “Juntos de la Mano” (“Holding Hands”) Village Bank. She is 36 years old and married with six children. Her oldest daughter is 22, while her youngest son is just 14 months old (pictured).

Maria sells electronics on the street in the town of Anta, about forty minutes outside the city of Cusco. She sells mostly radios, stereos, TVs, cameras, and flashlights, as well as small household appliances like blenders. She has been in this line of work for the past two years. Maria works seven days a week, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. She usually sells about 300-800 soles (US $95-$254) of merchandise each day, of which about 20% is profit. Maria’s husband runs a photo services store in Anta, and her oldest daughter has a photo services / call center locale in the capital city of Lima, about twenty hours from Anta.

Maria is requesting a loan of 1500 soles to buy more small electronics to sell. She has pledged to repay her Kiva loan in full and on time. Her goal for the future is to expand her husband’s business and open stores in Quillabamba and Abancay, two major cities within eight hours of Anta.

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