A loan of $3,975 helped a member to finish building her future restaurant.

La Fortaleza Group's story

Sandra is a member of the “LA FORTALEZA” (Strength) group. She is the group's president. All the members of this group live on the hillsides of Chillón, to the north of Lima. Sandra is divorced and has 3 children. Through her work she is able to provide her children with a good education and a better quality of life.

For a long time, Sandra used to rent a food stall. She worked there together with her mom but when her mom died she left the business. The business was very expensive because of the high rent and her profits weren't sufficient. For this reason, she moved her business to her own home. As well as serving customers in her home, her sister, who works in a factory, contacted her about selling meals (lunches) to the workers in her factory. Every day Sandra delivers approximately 20 meals. Her work helps her to pay one of her daughter's school fees. She is now thinking of looking for a better place where the flow of people is greater to open her business or, better still, set up a restaurant in her own home. For this reason, Sandra will use her loan to make progress in building her home and will fulfil her project very soon.

* Sandra is the sixth person along amongst the people standing up

In this group: Segunda Alejandrina, Veronika Beatriz, Ana Luz, Sandra Beatriz, Victoria, Maria Elena, Rosario Mercedes, Esmeralda Yenny, Zenaida, Maritza Betzabe, Geremias Ruben, Gloria Rosalia

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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