A loan of $150 helped purchase of meat, rice, sugar, vegetables and cookies.

Alicia Marilu's story

Alicia belongs to the San Marcelo II community bank, and lives at 245 Jiménez Pimentel Avenue, in the Tarapoto district of San Martín department. She is single, 35 years old and the mother of two children, one of whom still lives at home. Encouraged by a friend, with 300 Peruvian nuevos soles, she began selling snacks. She has worked with the community bank for three years, and has continued in the same business up to the present, selling cooked food to her main clients, her friends and neighbors. Alicia will invest this loan of 400 Peruvian nuevos soles, which is to be repaid within four months, in the purchase of cookies, crackers, and plantain chips by the dozen. With part of the money she will buy ingredients for meal preparation, such as various varieties of meat, vegetables, and rice and sugar in bulk. Alicia makes the decisions on business expenditures and earnings, and personally feels that her sales are increasing. She feels like an independent woman, more responsible about making her payments. Alicia is grateful to Manuela Ramos for permitting her to grow as an entrepreneur and a woman.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Joyce .

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