A loan of $1,000 helped purchase chickens in crates and new digital scales.


Raquel's story

Señora Raquel is a member of the “El Abiseo” Community Bank. She lives in the first block on Eduardo Peña Meza Street, in the district of Juanjui, Marisca Cáceres province, San Martín department. She is 39 years old, lives with her partner, and has five children. She still supports four of the children, and they help out in the business when she is busy elsewhere.
Raquel has been selling poultry for several years in the Central Market of the city. She started out with her first loan with Kiva Partner, Manuela Ramos, selling only a few chickens, but her business became widely known and she now has regular customers.
In this way she has succeeded and now sells many chickens as well as ducks. The ducks she raises herself and when customers put in an order, she slaughters the ducks and sells them. Currently she works from a stall rented in the Central Market, with local inhabitants and housewives as her customers.
With part of the S/.3,000 loan, she will buy live chickens in crates, and with the other part she will purchase new equipment such as digital scales to replace what she has now.
Today Raquel is an independent woman who runs her own business and makes all the decisions.
She says that belonging to a group of women has helped her to understand her rights and together they make other people respect them.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jane A


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