A loan of $550 helped to buy perfumes, creams, cosmetics, etc.

Andrea Alexandra's story

The Virgin of Guadalupe communal bank gets together every two weeks in the city of Charapoto. This location is known for its traditional culture as well as for being a few minutes from two of the province's best beaches--San Jacinto and San Clemente.

Here we meet Andrea, who is 20 years old. She lives in her parents' house along with 5 other people. She has been with the communal bank since it started two cycles ago. She is the treasurer of the bank. She likes it because with the loans she has been able to help her business move forward. They have also helped her with her studies, since she works hard in the university. Now she wants to write her thesis and obtain her degree in computer technology.

She is a hardworking young person who, in order to obtain her own resources, sells Yanbal products (beauty products, cosmetics, perfumes, and lady's accessories). She works five days a week for four hours each day. She leaves her products on loan and collects them each week or every two weeks to get what her customers want. She receives her products at her house. She tells us that she sells the perfumes and creams the most. She has been doing this activity for two years, and thanks to that she was able to continue with her studies.

This loan is to purchase perfumes, creams, cosmetics, and other products. Her dreams are to obtain her degree and a job in her major.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Danielle Dupre

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