A loan of $350 helped buying goods to stock her business.

Rosa Mercedes's story

Rosa is a member of the Communal Bank "María Auxiliadora," in the Tarapoto District, San Martín Province, San Martín Department. She is 71 years old, a widow, and mother of five children, all of whom are grown. She finished high school, but due to health reasons, could not continue her studies.

Rosa, despite her age, would love to continue working. For the last eight years, she has been selling household goods out of her home. In a big and well equipped room, she meets her customers daily and displays her charisma and charm.

With the first loan (PEN 300) that Kiva partner Manuela Ramos Movement gave her, she bought bags of sugar and rice, and milk.

Today, she continues the same business, and her customers know and love her; they come to her store every day because she has everything a homemaker may need. With the new loan of PEN 1,000, she will buy bags of sugar and rice, boxes of cookies, soft drinks, house cleaning supplies, and personal hygiene products.

Rosa feels fulfilled and wants to continue succeeding. She thanks Kiva partner Manuela Ramos Movement for helping her and other women who need it start their businesses.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Violeta Rubiani

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