A loan helped a member to buy a cart to use for salchipapas (fried potatoes with fried sausage or chicken) sales.

Santa Cruz - Concepcion Group's story

Elizabeth E. C., married with five children. (In the photo, Elizabeth is wearing a pink sweater and blue vest)

Elizabeth lives with her five children who are in various stages grades in school. Her husband lives abroad because he had the opportunity to work as a laborer and he took that option in order to earn better income for his family.

Elizabeth would get a monthly stipend from her husband’s salary and she used it to start building her house. However, being that she was alone in Concepción with her children, her sisters-in-law borrowed money from her because they knew she got savings from her husband and they told her not to tell their brother. Two years went by and her husband’s sisters did not repay the money. When Elizabeth’s husband returned to Perú he asked her for his savings and she answered that she had lent it and still hadn’t been repaid. Her husband became very angry because she had acted without his consent and the lack of trust was so enormous that Elizabeth’s husband asked her for a separation.

Elizabeth, in her despair to return her husband’s savings, took loans out from financial institutions in order to return his savings to her husband and to repay these loans she had to start a small snack bar in a local school where a friend of hers was the Principal. Her children help her with the business and she works peacefully selling food in the snack bar. She also ventured to lease out unoccupied rooms she had available in her house.

She will use this loan to buy a food cart to use to sell salchipapas (fried potatoes with fried sausage or chicken).

In this group: Elizabeth, Alina Martha, Jessi Aydee, Maria De Las Mercedes, Luis Alberto, Emperatriz Rosana, Juana Nery, Yeny Vilma

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz.

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