A loan of $1,100 helped a member invest in and expand their various businesses.


Epifania's Group's story

Aurea, Epifanis, and Delfina have been part of the community bank “Virgen Maria” for two years or less. In the bank they have learned how to invest money, to demand respect from people, how to care for their children, and how to save.

Aurea is 27 and has three children. She has had a grocery store in the town of Quicapata for 18 months. At first she sold things door to door but now she has been able to put a roof on her house and sell her products from there. She also used to sell cattle with her husband, but gave up that business to spend more time with her children.

Epifania is 41 and has six children. She sells meat in the city of San Francisco, which is located in the nearby jungle region. She travels to different markets to buy animals and later butchers them. She sells her meat at markets and different restaurants. She also buys "toccra", a product made from banana leaves and chewed like tobacco, which she sells in Lima.

Delfina is 55 and has 2 children. She sells clothing imported from the cities of Lima and Tacna. She sells her products at different markets around Ayacucho.

Aurea, Epifania, and Delfina need loans of 1000, 1200, and 1000 soles respectively (3 soles = $1), which they will invest in buying rice, squash, carrots, onion, sheep, pork, roosters, and a showcase to display products for sale.

They plan to use their savings to: buy more cattle; build a house; educate their children; and to continue developing their businesses. Aurea, Epifania, and Delfina dream of opening a grocery store in the jungle; that their children will be professionals; and that they will someday be able to travel to the town where they were born.

In this group: Epifania, Aurea, Delfina
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