Erika owns a stand where she sells french fries and sausages in the town of San Juan, district San Martin, province El Dorado, department San Martin. Her food, which she sells at night, is a popular regional dish. She started the stand one year ago to help her family earn more money. Over this time, her sales have increased and she is looking forward to taking the next step.
Erika is 28 years old, married, and has three children. She says although running a business and having a family is difficult, she organizes her time wisely every day and works hard so she doesn’t have very many problems. Erika also mentioned that because she sells her food at night she has all day to spend taking care of her children. Erika is determined to send her children to University so they can become professionals; she never had this opportunity.
Erika is part of the community bank Las Margaritas and is requesting a loan of S/. 1,000 so she can buy a larger food stand and will repay the loan in four months. She says that right now her stand is too small and doesn’t meet the production level she needs to serve her clients.