A loan of $200 helped to buy thread and knit sweaters.


Maria Elena's story

Maria Elena, 34, lives with her partner and two children. She runs a business selling artisan products, primarily knitwear, and jewelry such as earrings and necklaces. Previously, she worked as a street vendor selling food, but decided to change her activity in order to earn more income. She has also discontinued her weekend business selling furniture in order to focus full-time on her new endeavor. Maria Elena is requesting a loan to invest in thread and merchandise such as knit sweaters.

Maria Elena is pleased to receive the loan and promises to make her repayments on schedule. She is receiving her individual loan as a member of the village bank "Manos Juntas" (Hands Together) which meets monthly in Cusco. Cusco is located 3,400 meters above sea level in the Andean mountain range.



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