A loan of $550 helped to buy meat to make cecina (a cured pork product), chorizo (spicy sausage), and cueros (fried pork skin).


Maria Isabel's story

María Isabel belongs to the communal bank “Las Lamañas” from the Lamas district in Lamas province and the department of San Martín. She is 23-years-old, single, and has no children. When her father died her mother stayed single and cared for her sister and for her. As they needed money, she decided to support her mother and with a working capital of 300 nuevos soles began to sell chorizo, cecina, and other meat products in a market stand in her community. In this way she began to earn money and help her household economy. She has many hopes of getting ahead and studied a technical career, though she couldn’t finish it. Currently she continues developing this work and her sales have grown. She has regular customers who always look for her products because of their quality and the good hygiene practices she follows when she prepares them. With this loan of 1500 nuevos soles she will buy meats and viscera to make her products (cecina, chorizo, and smoked meats) and be able to stock her business and attract new customers and keep old customers satisfied. María Isabel is a creative and entrepreneurial woman. Her dream is to finish her studies and to have a business that will allow her to continue supporting her mother and sister. She is very thankful to the Manuela Ramos Movement for offering her the opportunity to start her business and continue growing it.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Anna Ruby Waxham Blackwell


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