A loan of $550 helped to buy 20 sheep to raise.

Lucy Graciela's story

Lucy is a member of the “Virgen de Concepción” communal bank located in Ayrumas Carumas in Acora District, Province and Department of Puno. She is 36 years old, married and has two school age children. She completed secondary school.

She has been working with the Manuela Ramos Movement for the last year. Her previous loan was for 300 new soles and she used it to raise domestic animals like cattle and sheep. She also relates that she sells fruit, groceries and crafts like knit caps, socks, mittens, caps, booties, etc. In reality, she’s quite the businesswoman. On the other hand, she also trains women who live near the area.

She will use the new, 1500 new sol, loan to buy 20 lambs to raise for two to three months. Her daughter helps her with the business. Her husband works in the city of Arequipa.

Her dream is to improve the livestock and have her own crafts shop to produce the items of clothing in quantity and of better quality.

What she likes about the communal bank is the punctuality and the earnings she makes on savings.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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