A loan of $350 helped to purchase more groceries to supply her general store.

Mari Rosabeth's story

Mari Rosabeth belongs to the “El Abiseo” Cooperative Bank, and lives on Sargento Lores Street in the Juanjui district of San Martín. She is married, 38 years old, and the mother of 2 children who still depend on her financially.

Maria started with 500 soles and, through her own initiative, decided to start her business selling groceries. She started with just a few items to sell, and later began expanding her business more. She now sells many products, and is well known to her customers, neighbors, and friends. She currently continues in this business, and has set aside and outfitted an area in her own home where she tends to her customers with her friendly and charismatic nature.

She plans to invest the loan of 1,000 soles into purchasing more products such as rice and sugar, toilet paper, milk, canned fish, personal hygiene products, cleaning supplies for the home, and also school supplies such as pens, pencils, magic markers, erasers, poster board, and varied products to keep her customers happy.

She makes the decisions regarding her business’ earnings. On the personal side, she tells us she is a hard-working woman who keeps sight of her goals to succeed and be responsible with her loan payments.

Mari is very grateful to the Manuela Ramos movement for helping her grow as an entrepreneur and woman, as well as for assisting many women who want to get ahead.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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