Rosario is 29 years old and is married with two children. She sells cold drinks, gelatin, flan and homemade popsicles out of her home. Her husband owns a small hardware store. Rosario and her family live in the city of Pucallpa.
Rosario has been working with Kiva partner Manuela Ramos for two years and is a member of the communal bank “Las Triunfadoras” (The Winners). She invested her very first loan of 300 soles (about $100) in selling fruits. Rosario plans to invest part of this loan of 1800 soles in her home-based dessert business. She will also invest part of it in purchasing fish for sale together with her father. Rosario’s father buys fish in the small agricultural and fishing communities along the Ucayali, the wide brown river that flows past the city of Pucallpa and joins the Amazon to the north. He then resells the fish in Pucallpa’s port.
Rosario’s loans from Manuela Ramos have enabled her to grow her business; she is now able to help her husband with household expenses. Rosario has also used her loans to help him with his hardware business. Rosario’s goal is to study pastry-making. She would like to have her own little shop selling cakes, pies and other sweets.