Zoila Arevalo is sixty-one years old and lives in the department capital Pucallpa in the eastern jungle region of Peru. Zoila’s husband works in construction and together they have five children. Zoila has been a member of the Talented Women communal bank for six years and she has used the money from her loans to support a food-selling business where she sells chicken and sausage. She also sells tamales and chicken and rice dishes each night in front of her home.
Zoila is requesting a loan of 3,000 Nuevo Soles to fund her daily purchases of 20 kgs of potatoes, 3 liters of oil, a dozen eggs, and fresh chicken. She will also purchase gas cans with which she will fuel her stoves.