A loan of $1,000 helped buy merchandise to resell.

Victoria's story

Sra. Victoria belongs to the El Tiempo es Oro, "Time Is Money", community bank in the Peruvian "departamento" of San Martin. She is 61 years old, partnered and the mother of 7 children, all now grown.

Her joyful spirit and strong desire to see her children settled in professional careers motivated her to start her own grocery business, the earnings from which would help the family. She's been gaining customers from the beginning. She now has a regular customer base that come to her shop every day because she has all the things that housewives need and because she tends to her customers with a natural charisma.

She wants to use the S/.3,000 [3,000 soles] loan to buy bulk supplies of rice, sugar, pasta, milk, canned fish, eggs and toiletries so that she can continue to proviD. her customers with the products they want.

Victoria feels ready and able to continue working and striving day after day. She's grateful to the Manuela Ramos movement for helping women like her get the chance to help themselves.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jere Wiseman

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