A loan of $350 helped purchasing soft drinks to stock her business.


Jessica's story

Jessica belongs to the “Las Aguerridas” ("The Brave Women") communal bank, in the Tarapoto district of San Martin province, in the Department of San Martín. She is 30 years old and has a live-in partner. She is the mother of 2 daughters, who are in school and still dependent on her. Jessica has studied forestry at a technical institute of higher education.

Jessica is a woman who has succeeded in overcoming many difficulties during her life. Her desire to get ahead has served her well, and today she operates a business selling soft drinks. She has had this business for 5 years, and today it is quite successful; she feels very satisfied with what she has achieved. The business is located in a well-equipped space within her own home, where she serves her customers with the friendliness and charm which have always characterized her.

Jessica runs the business herself, without a boss or a fixed schedule. She tells us that she began with working capital of 200 Peruvian new soles, starting with 22 cartons of soft drinks. Seeing that the business was going well, she gradually invested more and more in it.

With this loan for 1000 Peruvian new soles, she will buy additional cartons of soft drinks in various flavors, brands and sizes, as well as carbonated and non-carbonated mineral water.

Jessica is very grateful to the Manuela Ramos Movement organization for helping her when she needed it most. She is responsible with her payments and plans to continue in the same manner. Her dream is to become a soft drink distributor and sell her products on both a wholesale and retail basis.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Patricia Linderman


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