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Total loan: $3,650
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Minka Group

Peru
Peru / Retail

A loan of $3,650 helped a member pURCHASE OF MERCHANDISE: SNACKS, TOILET TISSUE, AND GENERAL GROCERY ITEMS TO STOCK HER STORE.


Minka Group's story

“Need is like a barrier that makes you bigger after you've jumped over it" is the phrase Gloria uses as she tells her story. When the company she worked for closed in 1991, she had no choice but to look for another source of income to proviD. economic stability for her family. With a young child at home, her husband's income was not sufficient to cover their expenses.

Gloria opened a business in the home of her mother, who supported her in this initiative. At first she simply sold items through the window. Ice cream treats were her first products, stored in Styrofoam coolers with dry ice because she had no freezer. Later, she was able to offer a wider range of items, and she converted the siD. area of her house into a small grocery store.

Gloria also received training in pastry making, with the dream of someday turning her business into a "Panadería & Pastelería Fina," a bakery offering high-quality bread, cakes and pastries. Currently, in addition to working in her shop, she offers custom-maD. cakes for all types of events: 15th-birthday celebrations, weddings, etc. She also provides advisory services to help people order buffet food and other needed items. This is her true passion, and she hopes one day to fulfill it, "but in the end, above all, it's a question of effort, right?" she says, concluding the interview with the smile of someone who knows that a dream combined with action can become reality.

In this group: Valeriana, Gladys Ines, Deyssy, Victoria, Teofila Eusebia*, Nora Anita, Bertha Beatriz, Maria Rosa, Beatriz Janet*, Gloria Maria
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Patricia Linderman



Loan details

Loan length:

6 months
Disbursed date: August 5, 2009

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Loan details

Loan length:

6 months
Disbursed date: August 5, 2009