A loan of $4,725 helped a member to buy merchandise.

Peruanos A Trabajar Group's story

Perseverance, initiative and the wish to develop to get ahead are some of the main characteristics of the “Peruanos a Trabajar” communal bank which has 7 members, all women, who have been working together for the last six years in a coordinated manner and constantly developing as a group and each member individually.

An example of this is Juana, 61, who is a widow and the mother of three children who are all adults. She has sold beauty products for the last 8 years and also sells fish in a stand she has in the market as a source of household income; it has given her much satisfaction over time.

Juana started the business when her husband passed away leaving her with three minor children to care for; she needed to find a way to support her family therefore. She will use the latest loan to stock up on merchandise buying new beauty products.

Just like Juana, each of the other group members has a particular story with good and bad moments throughout their lives but if they agree on anything it’s their wish to get ahead, something they display daily for their families’ and their business’ wellbeing.

In this group: Juana, Smith, Guadalupe Estela, Marcela, Lisseth Angelica, Angelica Rebeca, Yolanda Emperatriz

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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