A loan of $2,350 helped a member to buy soft drinks, cereal, beans, rice, sugar, and other supplies for her grocery store to earn money which pays for her university studies.

La Cantuta Group's story

Hello! I am writing today but first I want to renew an indication of the display of affection and special consideration of all Peruvians.

Today we speak of the group “La Cantuta,” a group that is beginning its second cycle. It is a large group that consists of eleven members.

One of the members is Patricia, one of the youngest. She is 20 years old, single, and lives with her mother and younger siblings and is pursuing university studies in management.

She decided to open a grocery store thanks to the advice of her mother about two years ago. Previously she worked preparing food (restaurant) as were some of her siblings, but the income was not sufficient to maintain all of them. So Patricia became independent and she pays for her studies with the money she earns from her grocery store. She likes the business because she interacts with customers and has made many friends. Her dream is to be able to complete her studies, and to open another store so she can help her siblings. She will use the money from this loan to buy merchandise such as rice, sugar, soft drinks, beans, cereals, and more.

A big thank you, is what Patricia says for the help that is offered. The photograph of Patricia is located at the bottom, the first from the left, and she is wearing a plaid jacket.

In this group: Patrica Milagros, Marino, Michelle Dina, Alex Jhon, Edgar Marino, Susy Lily, Willians, Leonarda, Eladio*, Jacinta Secilia, Betsabe Felicia
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Gail LeGrand

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