A loan of $375 helped to buy stock merchandise for her store.

Delina's story

Delina belongs to the “Amor y Paz” (Love & Peace) communal bank in Moyobamba District, Moyobamba Province and San Martín Department. She’s 35 years old, has a spouse and four children, three boys who are 16, 12 and 5 years old and a little girl who is 10 years old; they all go to elementary and secondary school.

She started out with a capital of 500 new soles selling alcoholic beverages. Later on she stopped those beverage sales and went into grocery and staple merchandise sales because her children are growing and so are their needs. She also sells lollipops, gelatin treats, flan, mazamorras [type of sweet corn pudding] and at night she sells anticuchos [grilled, skewered meat], juanes [seasoned rice wrapped in a green bijao leaf. Seasoning typically includes turmeric and cumin, giving the rice a warm flavor and a yellowish color. Most juanes also contain a small piece of chicken, a slice of egg and an olive or two], soft-drinks. In this way she helps her husband who works as a driver. She is very satisfied with income from her sales. At present, she has regular customers, area residents or family members, thanks to the good service she provides.

With this 1000 sol loan she plans to buy products that are her best sellers like snacks, soft-drinks, sacks of rice, sacks of sugar, boxes of milk, liters of oil, meats, vegetables and others to keep her customers satisfied.

Delina is a very hardworking, tenacious woman. Her dream is that her store is well-stocked with items and she’s very grateful to the Manuela Ramos Movement for providing women like her with the opportunity to make their dreams a reality.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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