A loan of $3,200 helped a member working Capital.

San Cristobal Group's story

Hilda Esperanza, President of the Alcancía (Communal Piggy Bank) is 46 years of age and is married, although currently separated. Like thousands of women in Lima she is the head of her household and works assiduously in order to proviD. a dignified life for her four young children. In spite of the difficulties that have confronted her all of her life, she maintains a cheerful and optimistic disposition. Hilda has been in business for twenty years. Currently she sells pottery and market goods in her sales stand in the Señor D. los Milagros D. San Juan D. Lurigancho market. When she started out in business, she was setting out her products on the ground, in the street. Initially, her earnings were to supplement her family's income but over time, as she gained experience and was left with only this source of income, it became her sole means of meeting the expenses of her family's budget. With the earnings from her business activity she has been able to buy her stand in the market where she currently works and she is educating her children. Little by little, she is saving up to pay the expenses for a higher education for her children. If she were able to obtain sufficient funds, she would use them to expand her sales stand and stock it with a greater variety of merchandise.

In this group: Hilda Esperanza, Basilia, Domingo, Carlos Jacinto, Nelly Angelica, Adriana Teofila, Mauricia, Miriam Elena, Yuliana, Bacilica, Martha Luz

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