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María Elena
Sra. María Elena is a member of the Communal Bank “Las Orquídeas” (The Orchids) which is in the District of Tarapoto, Department of San Martín. She is 46 years old and the mother of two children. María Elena completed her education through the second year of high school.


She always looked for ways to be near her family yet still do something to help them get ahead. With the help of her sister, María Elena opened a sales stand on the doorstep of her house where she served sausages and fried potatoes (which is considered a fast food dish). After some time passed, she used her business abilities to convert her food stand into a small general store. Her business started to grow to the size it is today. Her customers can find everything from milk and bread for breakfast to gas for cooking in this well-stocked store. Travelers who normally pass through the area and neighbors make up her usual clientele.


With this loan of 1500 PEN, María Elena will buy milk, eggs, bread, coffee, sugar and other food products. In addition, she will purchase office supplies such as paper, cardboard, pencils, pens, and notebooks to take advantage of the start of the school year.


María says she is very grateful to Manuela Ramos for the assistance provided to women like her so that they can have opportunities to move forward.

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La Sra. María Elena pertenece al Banco Comunal “Las Orquídeas”, del Distrito D. Tarapoto, Provincia D. San Martín. Está casada, tiene 46 años y es madre D. 2 hijos. Tiene estudios secundarios (hasta el 2do año).

La necesidad D. hacer algo para sacar a su familia adelante, buscando siempre estar cerca D. ella, llevo a María Elena, con la ayuda D. su hermana, a abrir un pequeño puesto D. venta D. salchipapas (comida al paso) en la puerta D. su casa. Con el paso del tiempo y con la gran habilidad D. María Elena para los negocios y el comercio, cambió el puesto D. salchipapas por una pequeña bodega; negocio que empezó a crecer hasta parecerse a lo que es ahora, una bodega surtida en la que sus clientes pueden encontrar desD. la leche y el pan para su desayuno, hasta el gas para sus cocinas; siendo su principal clientela, sus vecinos y transeúntes que normalmente pasan por allí.

Con este préstamo D. S/. 1,500.00 Nuevos Soles, comprará: Leche, huevos, pan, café, azúcar entre otros insumos comestibles así como también artículos D. oficina como papel, cartulinas, lápices, lapiceros y cuadernos para aprovechar al máximo el inicio D. la campaña escolar.

María dijo también que se siente muy agradecida con el Movimiento Manuela Ramos por la ayuda que brinda a mujeres como ella a tener oportunidades para salir adelante.

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  • $12,000
    Average annual income
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  • $57,388,050
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    Peru Nuevos Soles (PEN) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $550 helped María Elena to purchase milk, eggs, bread, coffee, sugar, and office supplies.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
8 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Feb 22, 2011
Listed
Mar 16, 2011
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible
Ended:
Sep 25, 2011