A loan of $500 helped to buy ingredients to make food.


Elza's story

Elza belongs to the Mujeres de la Colinia II communal bank. It is in the La Banda de Silcayo district, San Martin province, San Martin Department. She is 36 years old and in a common-law marriage. She has an 11 year old son who attends elementary school.

She always lived in the countryside helping her parents along with her husband. When her son got older and had to go to school they left to live in the city. That is when she found herself needing to generate her own income by washing her neighbors’ clothes. She does this to support her husband with her son's education

She has been working with her communal bank for three years. With her first loan she bought a grill to sell food that is roasted on the grill in the evenings. In the mornings she buys and sells farming products at a market in the city. She buys things like bananas and grains (bean, cacao, corn, and coffee) in order to continue generating income to contribute financially to her household and her son’s education.

She will use the 1,300 soles from this loan to buy farming products (bananas, cacao, corn, and beans) in order to sell them in the mornings. She will also use them as ingredients to prepare “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), roasted on the grill to sell at night.

Elza is a tenacious and enterprising woman. Her dream is to have a grocery store where she could offer diverse products to keep her customers happy and to generate income for her family. She is very grateful to the Movimiento Manuela Ramos for giving her the opportunity to continue generating her own income. She is also grateful for the support the members receive through various trainings.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish


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