A loan of $500 helped buy hammers, nails and other hardware items.

Cristina's story

Cristina is a member of the “Juntos de la Mano” (“Holding Hands”) Village Bank. She is 63 years old and widowed with six children. All of her children are adults, though her two youngest still live at home with her. Cristina sells tools and hardware items at a stand at the market in the town of Anta, located about forty minutes outside of Cusco. She has been in this line of work for about ten years. Cristina works seven days a week from 6am to 8pm, and sells about 120-150 soles’ worth of merchandise per day.

Cristina is requesting a loan of 1,500 soles to invest in her business to buy hammers, nails, screws, and other tools. She has pledged to repay her Kiva loan in full and on time. Cristina’s dream is to continue working for many more years. She is pictured below with her two-year-old granddaughter, who accompanied her to her loan disbursal meeting.

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