A loan of $300 helped to buy ingredients to prepare her meals.

Nilda's story

Nilda belongs to the “Mujeres de la Colina II” (Women of the Hill II) communal bank in La Banda de Shilcayo District, San Martín Province and Department. She’s 38 years old, has a spouse and four children who are attending school.

With four children to support she needed to start a business to help her husband who works in civil construction with household expenses. She started out selling fruit in the morning in front of her house. When she joined the communal bank she had the opportunity to start another business to help with expenses. With a 300 sol capital she bought a grill to start selling prepared meals from 5pm until 9pm at the corner at her house because there is a high number of customers there and her house is being remodeled so that she can work from there. She currently has a large clientele that seeks her out because of her kind service and the pleasant time she provides in addition to the delicious food and this is how she gets ahead with her family.

She will use this 800 sol loan to buy ingredients to stock her business with live chickens, seasoning ingredients, charcoal for the grills to attract new customers and keep her current ones happy because her business is well-located.

Nilda is a tenacious, enterprising woman. Her dream is to have a restaurant where she can work from home while caring for her children. She is very happy to work with the Manuela Ramos Movement which gives opportunities to women like her to be economically independent.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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