A loan of $675 helped purchase rice, sugar, oil, milk, etc. as well as fruit.

Margarita's story

Mrs. Margarita, member of the "Rock" community bank, lives in the suburb of San Martin, in the province of Lamas, in the district of Tabalosos. She sells groceries and fruit, especially bananas. The business is located in her own house, at 250 Jr. Mifraflores street. Margarita brings the fruits to the Tarapoto city market to sell them to the public, and to other small fruit vendors. It was her mom's idea that Margarita begin this business so that she could earn an income and contribute to the family's expenses as well as her son's, as Margarita is a single mother. Now she is thankful for her mother's idea because business is going well. She began only selling fruits, but now she sells groceries as well. With the 2,000 soles loan, which will be repaid in 6 months, she will purchase rice, sugar, oil, milk in bulk and in individual containers, noodles, toilet paper, packets of salt, soy-sauce, a variety of sizes and brands of soft drinks, sardines, potatoes, onions, and tomatoes among other things. She will also purchase fruit, and in this way be able to supply her business and satisfy the clients' needs.

She is 39 years old, and lives with her son, who is still her dependent. Margarita is an enthusiastic and persevering woman. She likes her business. Her goal is to own her own house and to continue supplying her business.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jordan Shanker

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