A loan of $350 helped buy supplies to prepare her salchipollos (typical Peruvian dish).

Orfith's story

Orfith belongs to the La Marginal II Community Bank in the Tarapoto district, San Martín province, San Martín department. She is 27, and she has a dependent son who is in school. He is the reason she puts so much effort in the work she does.

Orfita is a young woman who likes to work; she feels bad when she does not have something to do. On her own initiative she decided to sell “salchipapas” (a typical Peruvian dish) with chicken in order to contribute to the household income. She started with 200 PEN, and she has been in this business for a short time. She hopes that it will go very well. With help from her significant other they bought a cart called a salchipapero (apparatus fitted with gas fryers and various compartments to conserve hot fried foods). Then, little by little, they are buying utensils and materials to offer better service to her customers.

She currently continues selling salchipapa with chicken outside of her house where there is plenty of movement. She is doing very well in her sales. She starts selling at 5:00 on the afternoon. That is when many customers want to taste an appetizer. She waits on them with kindness and her characteristic charisma.

With the loan for 1,000 PEN she wants to buy chickens, sacks of potatoes, packages of oil, and some kitchen utensils to replace the ones she currently has. That way she will offer her customers better service and attention.

Orfith is very sure that her business will prosper more than it is now. She is grateful to the Movimiento Manuela Ramos for contributing to the fulfillment of her dreams and goals.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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