A loan of $350 helped to buy coca, concoctions, wines, incense, etc.

Leonarda Santusa's story

Señora Leonarda is a member of the Diana D. Gales (Diana, Princess of Wales) Communal Bank in the District, Province and Department of Puno. She is 68 years of age, a widow and mother of seven children, two of whom are under her care. She is not literate and lives in Barrio Miraflores. She has been working with the Manuela Ramos Movement for six years. Her first loan was for 300 New Sols which she used as working capital for her business buying and selling coca (the medicinal plant). Currently, she needs an additional loan of 1,000 New Sols with which to be able to buy coca, concoctions, wines, incense, etc. Señora Leonarda's selection of merchandise varies with the season. Her desire is to continue working in this fashion so she can proviD. for her family. She appreciates the easy payment plan on her loan.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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