A loan of $350 helped to purchase ingredients to prepare her foods and soft drinks to sell.

Maria Carolina's story

María Carolina belongs to the communal bank “La Marginal II”, which is located in the district of Tarapoto, in the province of San Martin, and in the department of San Martín. She lives with her husband and she is 40 years old. She has 6 children and three of them still live at home with her and depend on her.

María has a lot of strength to continue working hard. She makes a living by selling soft drinks and food items. She is very happy with her business and she loves that she is the one in charge of the business.

Her business is located inside of a company that sells chicken and is called “Don Pollo”. The space that she sells out of was especially set up for her business and her daily sales of food are guaranteed since she sells food to the workers of the company. She is very happy and she feels very capable and responsible for the payments that she must make to the communal bank each month.

With the $350 that she is requesting she want to invest the money in buying the necessary ingredients for the preparation of her food items. She plans on buying large quantities of rice, sugar, eggs, chicken and cooking oil. Part of the money will also be invested in the purchase of different types and sizes of soft drinks. She will also buy carbonated and non-carbonated mineral water to sell.

María Carolina feels proud that she was able to start a business. She now feels more secure about being financial independent in her old age. She is thankful for the Manuela Ramos Movement because it has helped her to improve her life and it has helped other women like her to get ahead in life and to take care of themselves and their families.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Kendra Gaete

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