A loan of $750 helped to buy a bull and to also buy fruit.

Dina Brigida's story

Dina is a member of the Virgen de Concepción Bank in the Ayrumas Carumas village, Acora district, Puno province and department. She is 27 years old, in a common-law marriage, and has two children. She went to school up to the third year of high school.

She has been working with the Movimiento Manuela Ramos for one year. She used her first loan of 500 soles to invest in her business of selling regional grains and fattening cows. She says that she also sells fast food and fruit. She is totally a businesswoman.

She will use this new loan for 2,000 soles to buy a bull. She will also buy fruits like apples, bananas, oranges, and pears for her exchange (swapping one product for another).

She tells us that she also makes handicrafts. She makes scarves, sweaters, shawls, mittens, gloves, and puppets. She has her husband’s help and support. At times he works in the city of Arequipa.

Her dream is to be a general handicrafts businesswoman. That would improve her income. The talks about family life and managing money are what she likes about her communal bank.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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