A loan of $1,000 helped she will buy beef for making kebabs.

Marlith's story

Marnith belongs to the “Huicungo” communal bank. She lives on Arica Street, in the Huicungo district, in the province of Mariscal Cáceres, in the department of San Martín. She lives with her common-law husband, she is 46 years old, and has 6 children, two of whom still depend on her and they help her in her business.

With the goal of increasing her income, she got the idea to open a small business selling juanes (a traditional dish made with rice, eggs, and chicken wrapped in a banana leaf) and kebabs. She fixed up the sidewalk in front of her house with tables and chairs so she could tend to her customers. From the beginning sales were good because of her good cooking and her friendly treatment of her customers. This is how with her first loan of 300.00 PEN she was able to turn her dream into reality and to this day she continues with the same business.

With this loan of 3,000.00 PEN she will buy sacks of rice and also chicken and eggs, which are necessary ingredients for making the delicious juanes (a typical food of the area). She will also buy biajo leaves (similar to banana leaves) for wrapping the juanes and firewood for cooking them. She will also purchase beef to sell by the kilo. The beef will also serve as an ingredient in the kebabs and help to satisfy the demanding orders of her customers.

Her participation in this group has allowed her to develop her security and independence. She has expressed to her us her gratitude to Manuela Ramos for allowing her to grow as a person and as a businesswoman.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jennifer Day

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