A loan of $550 helped purchase rice, pastas, potatoes, vegetables, meat, etc.

Celestina Milena's story

Celestina has been a member of the community bank "Las Calceteras" for five years. She lives in the district of Juliaca in the San Román province in the Puno department. Celestina is 33 years old, she has a live-in partner and has three children. She completed her primary education and she now dedicates herself to the sale of food.

Celestina tells us that she used the first loan she requested from Movimiento Manuela Ramos in the amount of 300 nuevos soles (PEN) to increase her capital. She is requesting a loan in the amount of 1,500 nuevos soles (PEN) to buy food supplies such as rice, pastas, potatoes,vegetables, meat, etc. which she uses to prepare her food.

Celestina's dream for the future is to have her own home.

What Celestina enjoys most from her community bank are the meetings with other members because they are very cheerful.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Cindy Manzo

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