A loan of $525 helped buy products to stock her store.

Victoria's story

Victoria belongs to the María Auxiliadora Communal Bank in the Tarapoto district, San Martin province, San Martín department. She is 49, single, and has four daughters. All of them are independent. She has an elementary school education.

The tenacious spirit, which has always characterized her, and the desire to get ahead using her own wherewithal have been useful in starting her own business selling groceries. She tells us that she has been in this business for eight years. Little by little she gained experience in this type of business. She has been making herself well known and liked among her customers.

With her first loan for 300 PEN she bought crates of eggs and packages of noodles. That is how she started selling, and little by little sales increased.

She currently has loyal customers; neighborhood friends, inhabitants of the area, and neighbors. They come to her store daily to shop, and they find everything a housewife needs. She personally waits on them with her characteristic charisma.

With this loan for 1,500 PEN she will buy packages of oatmeal, different flavors of tea (chamomile and anise), milk, crates of different brands of canned fish, cleaning tools for the home, and personal hygiene products in order to keep giving her customers good service.

Vicky, as she is affectionately called, is happy with the work she does. She is grateful to the Manuela Ramos Movement for contributing to the fulfillment of her dreams and goals.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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