A loan of $3,600 helped a member to buy Panettones and liquor for her store.

Las Flores Al Progeso Group's story

Aquilina is a very hard working woman. She has 7 children, three of whom are still little. It’s for them that at the age of 49 she continues to work to support them.

She has always worked in the food business. For a long time she prepared lunch for employees at several factories. Unfortunately, the trip from home to work was very long and tiring so, in order to spend more time with her small children, she left that job to start working in her own grocery store that she installed in her house.

With some savings and EDAPROSPO loans she started the business. She remembers that at the beginning she only sold a few products and some things that she herself prepared like picarones (type of fried donut) and mazamorra (maize based Peruvian sweet).

She is happy to be part of the “LAS FLORES AL PROGRESO” (Flowers to Progress) group because it’s been a push for her to reach her goals. Currently the business has grown and improved; it is stocked with a greater variety of items. This fills her with pride because she considers this quite the accomplishment in addition to it serving as a means for her to educate her children and live better. Also, she was able to invest money in the purchase of a lot and is now planning to build a minimarket on it.

She will use the loan to buy assorted Christmas products that are sold during this season like, Panettones, champagne, chocolates, etc.

*Aquilina is wearing the yellow shirt and sky blue pants.

In this group: Juana, Dalinda Claudelina, Duma Noemi, Aquilina Basilia, Zoila, Santa Margarita, Iris Marcelina, Brigida, Paola*, Giuliana

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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