A loan of $750 helped to buy groceries (basic staple items).

Marilú's story

Marilú 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 52 years old, married and has five children who are no longer in her care because they support themselves.

Marilú always helped her husband with household expenses selling groceries at home. She helped pay for her children’s schooling and they are all now professionals. She left the business due to economic reasons. For the last three years since joining the communal bank she decided to start a new business to earn her own income. This is how she used her the first loan she got to buy lumber. Her husband helped her to manufacture chairs, stands and tables that she’d sell. She doubled her profits. This helped her buy a sewing machine that she used to make dresses that she’d go out to sell. This is how she gradually saved up money to buy display cases and tables to reach her dream of once again opening a grocery store so that she could work from home.

She will use this 2000 sol loan to buy basic staple items (rice, sugar, milk, oil, soap, detergent, etc.) to set up a small grocery store which is what she’s always wanted to have: a business she could run from home.

Marilú is a hardworking, tenacious woman. Her dream is that her family is more united in the future and that she can continue to equip her store to increase profits and meet the needs of new customers. She thanks the Manuela Ramos Movement for the values it’s imparting like responsibility and mutual support.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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