A loan of $650 helped to buy groceries (basic staple items).

Ana Isabel's story

Ana Isabel 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 24 years old, has a spouse and a seven-year-old daughter attending elementary school; she’s also caring for her sister who is in secondary school.

Since she became independent as a family in her own house she needed to start a business to help with household expenses. She decided therefore to invest her savings and the first loan from the communal bank to equip a small space in her house to sell groceries (basic staples) at home; it gradually grew thanks to the support she’s gotten from low-interest loans. She currently has a good number of customers because of the good service she provides them. She will use this 1700 sol loan to buy groceries to stock another sales point in a very popular part of her location.

Ana Isabel is a hardworking, enterprising woman. Her dream is to have a grocery distributing store to generate higher income for her home and to employ women who need to earn their own income. She is very grateful to the Manuela Ramos Movement for providing her the opportunity to continue growing both personally and economically with the various training workshops.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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