A loan of $3,550 helped a member to pay for work-related travel expenses and to buy cosmetics.

Unidas Triunfaremos Group's story

María has always been a very hard working person in the public sector. She graduated with a degree in law so has always earned a good salary that allowed her to live comfortably. Sadly, however, a change in government led to her losing her job and, due to her advanced age, it was very difficult for her to find new employment. She is a widow with a son to support. She looked for a way to earn a living and an acquaintance of hers taught her about the cosmetics sales business, ironically the same brand of cosmetics she herself used when she could afford them.

Gradually and with just the 100 soles she had on hand she bought some products and started to sell them door-to-door. She has now been in this line of work for 5 years. She recruits others to work and now has a team of 95 salespeople under her leadership. She earns a percentage of their sales.
Because of the large number of people she supervises, her earnings are substantial and she is able to cover her expenses and live well. The loans help her buy her work tools like catalogues, samples, etc. They also help defray travel costs associated with her trips to train her saleswomen.

María is treasurer of the “UNIDAS TRIUNFAREMOS” (Together We Will Triumph) group. She is happy because her work has provided economic stability and has led to her trusting in herself. For the futures, she’d like to incluD. more salespeople to her team so that she can continue to succeed.

* María is wearing the purple sweater and cream scarf.

In this group: Irma Dorila, Elizabet Consuelo, Antonieta Nelly, Marina, Rosa Milena, Maria Yolanda, Elena Josefina, Maria Ricardina, Hilda Luz, Maria Zohila, Milagros Rosario

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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