A loan of $725 helped to increase her business capital.

Maria Bartolome's story

María is a member of the “San Salvador” community bank which is located in Capachica district, in Puno province, Puno department. María is 71 years old. She is a widow and has seven children. She is illiterate.

María has been working with Movimiento Manuela Ramos for seven years. Her first loan was for 300 nuevos soles. She used this money to increase the merchandise of her business buying and selling groceries and soda.

She is requesting a new loan for 2,000 nuevos soles which she will use to increase her business capital.

Her dream is to expand her business' merchandise.

What she most likes about her community bank is the interest which she makes on her savings.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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