A loan of $3,450 helped a member purchase of groceries and craft materials.

Paz Y Desarrollo Group's story

Marlene is 40 years old, married, and has three children. For eight months she has been part of the "Paz y Desarrollo" ("Peace and Development") group, which is made up of 13 very enthusiastic and hard-working residents of the Collique zone in Comas District. They chose Marlene to be President of their Board of Directors.

She earns income through two businesses. One is grocery sales, which she has been doing for four years. For four months she has also been making knitted bags. She says she enjoyed knitting very much and only did it as a hobby, until one of her customers asked her to make a bag for them. That's how she got started, and she trained to improve her skills and see if she could make money with this work. With these businesses, she has been able to increase her inventory of groceries and buy the materials to make her bags.

One of her goals is to build a training workshop and give knitting classes to people who need to learn. She will invest part of the loan in her grocery store and the rest in knitting materials.

In this group: Marlene, Eufemia, Ruth Elizabeth, Araceli, Julia Alicia, Alicia, Gladys, Julia Julvia, Maria, Maria Luisa, Maria Soledad, Alustria, Sussy Elizabeth

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