A loan of $500 helped to purchase plates, cups and other goods to serve cooked meats, and also to buy beans.

Maria España's story

Maria is a member of the communal bank 'Mujeres Perseverantes' (Persevering Women) and lives in the city of Pucallpa. She sells cooked beans out of two extra large pots at the Micaela Market, an eclectic collection of stands along the main road that connects Pucallpa to faraway Lima. Maria gets up around 3:00 am to begin cooking the beans over charcoal. By 7:00 am they are ready. Maria works every day from Monday to Saturday, taking Sunday off to attend church.

Maria began working with Kiva partner, Manuela Ramos, three years ago when she was widowed. Before her husband died, Maria had never worked. She used her first loan to start her bean-selling business. Maria plans to use this loan of 1500 PEN in part to start up another business selling cooked meats in the evening from her home. The money will go toward purchasing plates and cups to serve the food to customers, as well as toward more beans for her current business. Maria decided to start this additional business to supplement her income because bean sales have not been very good. Although Maria’s two adult sons, who are policemen in other towns, have helped Maria to pay back her loans, she does not want to count on their help indefinitely.

Maria lives with her 25-year-old daughter who works as a secretary at a local school. Maria enjoys selling, and says that without her loans from Manuela Ramos, she would not have the capital to work. She is proud to have never gotten behind in her loan payments.

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