A loan of $350 helped purchase of fruit.

Damiana's story

I have a small business buying and selling fruit, which was a little difficult for me at the beginning, as I did not have much capital. It was then that I was presented with the opportunity to belong to the community bank “Manuela Ramos de Izcucha de Anta” of the Arariwa Association, which gave me support with loans and allowed me to begin and improve my business.

I am 60 years old and a single mother of three. When my partner abandoned me, my relatives all told me that I should start a business to support and feed my children. My family supported me psychologically, morally, and economically, and this is how I started my business.

At the beginning, I was afraid to sell fruits from a street cart, but everyone in the area was buying from me – after seeing this, I had more courage to continue. I have already had this business for 12 years, and it is going very well thanks to the effort I have put into my work. I have worked with the community bank for several cycles. I am most interested in savings, because you can save little by little, and I am currently in the fifth loan cycle. I started with a little bit of money, but now they will lend me 1000 soles, which I will invest in the purchase of more fruit. I will bring the fruit from the city of Quillabamba, where I was born and grew up, to Iscuchaca, where I currently live.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Mairead Harris

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