A loan of $1,600 helped a member buy merchandise, shoes.


Unidas Por Siempre Group's story

Unidas Por Siempre

The Unidas Por Siempre Communal Bank has participated with EDAPROSPO for three years. The intent of its ten members is to make progress through their businesses in order to give the members of their households a better quality of life. They have small businesses like selling footwear, clothes, sweets, purses, and soft drinks.

Primitiva Huamán tells us her story. She had to work when she was 15 because of the lack of economic resources in her home (Huancavelica), which is the poorest department in Perú. In my house I maD. the most well known breads like mountain bread. To do so, I bought the wheat whole and ground it at home. I baked it in the oven my father maD.. I got up early to travel the streets offering the breads. I had to be at the stop (the wholesale market in Lima) at 3:00 a.m. to buy vegetables like onion, corn, lemon, and spinach. All are in packages, which I then distributed to the stores. The next day I collected payments. I maD. baskets from reeds. I sold fruit (apple and prickly pear). With these jobs I helped my husband support and educate our eight children. I worked selling many things. The situation was critical because my husband got sick, and I had to support him even more until he could reestablish himself. I was selling food. I stopped that due to the rent increase on the stand. I bought merchandise like blankets, quilts and pants. I sold them all and was able to increase the number of orders. I needed loans to be able to fill the orders. I used the loans I received to buy merchandise (pots, buckets, cups, bed, jackets, blankets, quilts, and shoes). Through God’s will I finished educating my children in school. I improved my reed house with a corrugated metal roof into a house maD. from strong material. All of this was possible because of the earnings I got from my sales and with help from my children who now work abroad. My children do not want me to keep working because I am 65. I receive some form of help from them, but I have decided to keep working as a small businesswoman because I feel like an active and useful person in this society. My earnings pay my basic household expenses, and I do not depend on the money from my children because I know that they have their own families, which means extra expenses. I will use the loan I receive to buy women’s underwear, hosiery, and outfits that are in great demand during this Christmas season.

My name is Yenifer Girón, and I am 27 years old. I started as a small businesswoman because I wanted to study for a professional career. I knew that my family could not afford that because the economic condition of our household would not allow it. That is why on the week ends I worked as a waitress in the rural clubs. During this time I saved in order to buy summer sandals (30 pairs). I got the merchandise at a lower price from my cousin because he manufactures them. Thanks to God, I sold all of the merchandise to my friends and acquaintances. I have been working this way for over a year. The income from these sales, plus the work that I now do cooking in the clubs, allows me to study for a professional career in gastronomy in the Continental (Huancayo) Institute. I can also pay my household expenses, and I bought a bedroom set. I need this loan to buy 50 pairs of shoes, sandals, and boots. Finishing my career is my goal. I know that it will be hard, but in the end I will be able to finish it and be a professional cook. I will be doing what I most like to do. The career that I chose is profitable enough, which will allow me to help my family more.

In this group: Primitiva, Norma, Maria Soledad, Eusebio*, Margarita Mamerta*, Natalia Yanett, Yenifer Vanessa, Stefhany Norma, Maria, Ida Haide
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish



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