A loan of $350 helped purchase groceries & disposable dishes in bulk.

Carmen Rosa's story

Carmen is a member of the Communal Bank “Jadat”. She is 43 years old, married, and has 4 children (ages 19, 16, 8, and 6). The three youngest children are students at a state school.

Carmen started working as a store manager, but she lost her job when sales were low. She spent time at home and always kept looking for work. She went through a very difficult phase when her husband was also laid off from his job. However, Carmen was determined to get ahead so she began selling food items to different stores along San Juan Avenue (which is located in a commercial district in southern Lima). She soon accumulated a group of regular customers who requested her daily menu items. In addition, Carmen also began selling “raspadillas” (Peruvian snow cones – shaved ice with fruit toppings).

As a client of FINCA Perú, Carmen learned about customer service and how to attract more business. She is grateful for the training she has received.

Carmen needs a loan of 1000 soles to buy disposable dinnerware and groceries in bulk so that she can prepare and serve her daily menu items. She hopes to have another business selling fruit at the market or something more stable.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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