A loan of $925 helped to purchase an assortment of secondhand clothing.

Rosa Lili's story

Sra. Rosa is a member of the Communal Bank “Mujeres Solidarias” (Supportive Women) which is in the District of Calleria, Department of Ucayali. She is 65 years old, married, and has four children.

Rosa has worked with Manuela Ramos for 12 years and earns her living by selling secondhand clothes. She carries her merchandise with her so that she can sell in the villages throughout the area. She is also willing to exchange her goods for domesticated animals whenever her customers do not have the money to pay (otherwise known as bartering).

With this new loan of 2500 PEN, Rosa will buy 20 long-sleeve shirts, 20 pairs of trousers, 30 polo shirts, 10 skirts, 25 blouses, 12 pairs of children’s trousers, 18 children’s polo shirts, 12 children’s shorts, 10 women’s dresses, 6 girls’ dresses, 12 women’s blouses, 6 long-sleeve polo shirts, and 4 coats. In this type of business, she needs to offer a variety of clothes so that she can sell more. Her husband is a master bricklayer, but he has little work. In this manner, Sra. Rosa is able to help her husband even if it requires that she be away from home for several days so that she can sell all of her merchandise.

Thanks to Manuela Ramos, she is able to continue with her job because she wants to keep working for a long time.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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