A loan of $375 helped to buy two cows.

Maria Elena's story

María Elena is a member of the “Trenzas de Oro” (Golden Braids) communal bank located in Ilave District, El Collao Province and Puno Department. She is 24 years old, has a spouse and a son. María Elena went to secondary school.

She buys and sells domestic animals. She’s worked with the Manuela Ramos Movement for three cycles. Her first loan was for 300 new soles that she invested in her business.

She will use this new, 1000 new sol, loan to buy two cows to fatten up (for two months). She also farms. Her husband, who is also a musician who travels to various places with his art, helps her with the business. Her dream is to improve her cattle to obtain more profits.

What she likes about the communal bank are the meetings and the ease of the loan.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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