A loan of $925 helped a member ana Maria, Maria Jesús, and Julia need loans of 600, 300, and 1750 soles (3 soles = $1), which will be used to buy fruit, peas, cigarettes, candy, and to pay for car repairs.


Ana Maria's Group's story

Ana Maria, Maria Jesús, and Julia are members of the community bank named “Imasumac,” which means "how beautiful" in Quechua. They have been members for 7, 5, and 3 years respectively. In the bank, they have learned to save, how to run their businesses efficiently, and how to be responsible.

Ana Maria is 34 years old. She is a single mother and has one son who is 12 years old. Ana Maria sells grains in the city of Pisco. In Pisco, she buys other products and then sells them in Ayacucho. In addition, Ana Maria sells fresh milk at the market in Ayacucho.

Maria Jesús is 66 years old. She is a widow and has seven children, two of whom are currently living with her. Maria Jesus buys grains at regional markets, grinds them into flour, and then sells the flour in the city of Ayacucho. She used to do this everyday, but due to poor health, now only works occasionally. More often, she now sells candy, cookies, fruits, and juice from her home.

Julia is 66 years old. She is married and has seven children, one of whom lives with her. Julia raises animals, such as cows, pigs, chicken, and guinea pigs, which are eaten in Peru. She then sells them at the local market in Ayacucho. She also sells fresh milk and home-maD. cheeses. In addition, Julia owns a car that her son-in-law drives as a taxi.

Ana Maria, Maria Jesús, and Julia need loans of 600, 300, and 1750 soles respectively (3 soles = $1), which will be used to buy fruit, peas, cigarettes, candy, and to pay for car repairs.

Ana Maria, Maria Jesús, and Julia dream of owning land, as well as their own stores. They hope that their children will be professionals and have an easier life.

In this group: Ana Maria, Maria Jesus, Julia
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