A loan of $550 helped to purchase milk, eggs, bread, coffee, sugar, and office supplies.

María Elena's story

Sra. María Elena is a member of the Communal Bank “Las Orquídeas” (The Orchids) which is in the District of Tarapoto, Department of San Martín. She is 46 years old and the mother of two children. María Elena completed her education through the second year of high school.

She always looked for ways to be near her family yet still do something to help them get ahead. With the help of her sister, María Elena opened a sales stand on the doorstep of her house where she served sausages and fried potatoes (which is considered a fast food dish). After some time passed, she used her business abilities to convert her food stand into a small general store. Her business started to grow to the size it is today. Her customers can find everything from milk and bread for breakfast to gas for cooking in this well-stocked store. Travelers who normally pass through the area and neighbors make up her usual clientele.

With this loan of 1500 PEN, María Elena will buy milk, eggs, bread, coffee, sugar and other food products. In addition, she will purchase office supplies such as paper, cardboard, pencils, pens, and notebooks to take advantage of the start of the school year.

María says she is very grateful to Manuela Ramos for the assistance provided to women like her so that they can have opportunities to move forward.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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