A loan of $275 helped to buy plates, cooking pots, glasses, and chairs. To buy ingredients: rice and sugar, among others.

Brenda Dalila's story

Brenda Dalila E. Pérez belongs to the “Pequeñas Empresarias II” comunal bank. She lives on street 1215 in the Tarapoto District, San Martín Department. She is single and a student at the same time.

With her first loan of S/. 300.00, she was able to begin her own business. She began by selling snacks to pedestrians passing by her house. She became known for her delicious food and good kitchen hygiene in preparing her products. She has been working with the communal bank for 2 years.

She now sells meals—breakfast, lunch, and dinner, from a space in her own house that has been set up for this purpose. Her principal customers are the police from the jail, students from the nearby high school, and residents of her neighborhood.

With this loan of S/. 800.00, which she will repay over a period of 6 months, she will invest in plates, cooking pots, glasses, chairs, bags of rice, and bags of sugar, so that she can provide better service to her customers. She is the one who makes the decisions regarding the earnings from her business, but she receives much support from her mother. Personally, she wants to have her own restaurant and she feels more secure with her loan payments.

Brenda expresses her appreciation to Manuela Ramos for allowing her to grow as a businessperson and woman.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jennifer Day

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