A loan of $2,025 helped a member to buy a table and chairs and to refinish the floor of her eatery.

Las Flores De San Antonio Group's story

Dominga is a member of the communal bank “Las Flores de San Antonio." She has been a member of this group for 3 years, and during all of this time she has been improving her business gradually. She tells us, "I began to work when I was 37 years old selling quinoa and maca pancakes. Later I had to change my business to selling beer from my house, owing to the fact that I had to raise my small child, and he needed my care. I continued selling cakes and pudding that I prepared in my house and offered to the residents of my area. Later I was encouraged to make dishes such as chicken soup, chaufa (a Peruvian rice dish), spaghetti with beef, and to sell soft drinks; these dishes are preferred by the people in my neighborhood. This business was a great help during the 6 months when my husband was not able to work. With him, I pay for the food expenses for my family and help with part of the educational expenses for my children, two of whom are professionals. Over time I acquired a sandwich cart; my daughter works with it and helps us with the some of the household expenses. Now I continue to sell food and prepare cakes and puddings. I will invest this loan to redo a floor in my house so that my diners can feel comfortable. In addition, I will buy a table and some chairs.

In this group: Zenaida Yolanda*, Cristian Jackson, Dominga, Daysi Yanina, Carmen Rosa , Maria Elena , Luz Nelida , Ana Maria
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar

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