A loan of $3,575 helped a member to purchase oil, mustard, sacks of potatoes, disposable plates, and chicken.

San Jose Group's story

The San Jose Community Bank started its seventh loan cycle with 16 members who have diverse businesses, such as selling salchipapas, meals, vegetables, cheese, clothes, firewood, and groceries.

Graciela is the president of the community bank for her third time. She is a single mother with four children. She sells salchipapas (sausage or hotdogs mixed with french fries and served with condiments). The loan that she is requesting will be used to purchase cans of (cooking) oil, mustard, sacks of potatoes, disposable plates, chicken, etc.

She likes Kiva partner FINCA Peru because of the ease of getting loans. She shares pleasant moments with her friends from the bank. She is saving up to buy a plot of land. Her dream is that her children will become professionals who have better opportunities that she did and that her business will continue to prosper.

In this group: Graciela, Eprocinia, Antonia, Juliana Elisa, Brigida, Rosa Yenny, Lucia, Senobia, Aniceta, Felix, Rosa, Claudia, Ruth, Davina, Elias, Edith Flora

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Olivia Shirley

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