Pilar R. P. is a member (and the official secretary) of the communal bank “Manos Maravillosas” (Marvelous Hands) and lives in the city of Pucallpa. Pilar sells cooked food at a seasonal restaurant next to the sawmills located along the Ucayali River, which flows past the city. During the winter months, when the water level rises with the frequent rains, Pilar must move her restaurant further inland. Pilar sells soups, grilled meat and fish, stews and other local dishes. Many of her customers are the men who work at the sawmills.
Pilar has been working with Manuela Ramos for five years and used her very first loan to purchase items for a small shop that she had at that time. Pilar will use this loan of 2,000 Nuevos Soles to purchase food items such as rice, sugar, oil and meats for her restaurant.
Pilar is married and has three children, aged 17, 15 and 12. She works hard to save money through Manuela Ramos’s mandatory savings program. Her primary motivation for working and saving is the improvement of her children’s future.
According to Pilar, Manuela Ramos has been a great help. Loans from Manuela Ramos allow women like her to invest in activities they know how to do and earn money—without this capital, many would not be able to work.