A loan of $600 helped purchase different brands of sweets.

Merly Benidia's story

Merly Benidia belongs to the “Las Margaritas II” Communal Bank and lives in the La Banda de Shilcayo district of San Martín Province in the San Martín region of Peru. She is 45 years old, lives with her common-law partner and has one grown-up child.

She started selling dried salted fish and vegetables many years ago. She would go out and sell in nearby towns together with her partner who also supports her; she tells us that they started with 150 nuevos soles. She feels much better and calmer now that she has switched to selling sweets.

With this loan of 1800 nuevos soles, she will purchase sweets like Sublime and Cañonazo chocolate bars, lollipops, chewing gum and different brands and flavours of candy to satisfy her customers. She’ll use part of the money to purchase two bigger cases to display her products.

She feels very satisfied with her work because it is hard work; she believes it is worth the sacrifice to realise her dreams and life goals. She thanks the Manuela Ramos Movement for supporting her and other women who want to improve their lives.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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