María is a member of the Communal Bank "Great Power", located in the district of Ilave, province of El Collao, department of Puno. She is 66 years old, and married with six children. She studied until the second year of her secondary education.
She has a business selling wine, coca leaves, sponge cake, and other snacks. Her business is varied and dependent on the season. María has worked with Manuela Ramos for six years. Her first loan was for 300 PEN, and she used the money to invest in the business of selling bread, a business activity that she has previously engaged in, in addition to the ones just mentioned.
She is now asking for a loan of 3,000 PEN, a loan that will allow her to buy merchandise for her business. Her dream is to continue with the same business, but to always improve it each time.
Her favorite thing about the Communal Bank is sharing happiness as a group.