A loan of $4,325 helped a member to buy cereals.

Belen Group's story

The Belén communal bank is in its 14th cycle. The bank members sell cereals, small farm animals, groceries, cheese; some weave sweaters and are seamstresses.

The group President is Juana, 53. She’s married and has four children (15, 14 and 11 year old twins). She’s a merchant and is asking for a 1050 sol loan to buy cereals. Juana travels to the Seccelambras market Thursdays to buy the cereals there that she then sells to housewives in Ayacucho. Sometimes she sells them herself in her stand. On days she doesn’t travel to the markets, she sells cereals, potatoes, dehydrated potatoes, peas or seasonal vegetables in the little market near the cemetery. On Sundays she sells at the San Juan Bautista market.

She joined FINCA Peru thanks to an invitation from a promoter. She likes it because of the ease in getting loans and because she can save; she also likes learning at the training sessions. Her dream is that her children become professionals and that her business continues to make progress.

In this group: Dina , Felicia , Lourdes , Juana , Gladys , Rocio, Felipa , Nelba , Sonia , Norma , Juana , Sarita , Celia , Norma , Maria , Judith , Yolanda

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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