A loan of $1,100 helped to buy fifty sacks of raw sugar, a quintal of almond paste and ten plastic items.


Andrea's story

Andrea is a member of the “Virgen D. la Asunción” (Virgin of the Assumption) communal bank located in Yunguyo District and Province, Puno Department. She’s 65 years old, widowed and has three children, all independent. Andrea never went to school.

She has been working with the Manuela Ramos Movement for ten years. Her first loan was for 300 new soles that she used to increase her grocery selling business. Currently, she sells chancaca (Peruvian sweet), figs, alfeñique (sweet), plastics and other plastic items. She also raises pigs and sells cheese. Like most of Puno’s residents, she also farms potatoes, barley and oca (a tuber).

She will use this new, 3000 new sol, loan to buy fifty sacks of chancaca, one quintal of alfeñique and ten plastic items in assorted sizes.

She works alone and her dream is to stay in business and improve her profits.

What she likes about the communal bank are the meeting with the other members and the ease of the loan.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz


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