A loan of $400 helped to buy essential supplies, such as rice, sugar and canned food.


Saturnina's story

Saturnina, 50, has six children together with Pedro, her partner. Most of them are independent adults now. Thanks to her family’s support, she owns a house made with solid materials.

Eight years ago, an opportunity arose to start a business. She opened a grocery store in the only spacious and inviting room in her house. With time, she decided to start selling chicharrón [fried, crunchy meat] on the go as a complement, since it is one of the products that locals consume the most. She considers her business to be a profitable one, because many of her friends and neighbors are loyal customers. Now that the business is experiencing a good period, she wants to buy supplies for her store, as she considers that expanding her business step by step is convenient so that in the future it can become a larger, complete and well-stocked business. One of her goals for the future is to be able to improve her store’s appearance and to add shelves and big showcases.

This will be her sixteenth credit. In the past, even if she faced some difficulties, she was able to pay back on time. She likes the fact that the communal bank is composed of numerous members, because collective work is comforting for her. With the 1000 soles [PEN], she will have enough capital to buy merchandise for her store. She will buy essential supplies such as rice, sugar and canned food.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Santiago Mejía Dugand


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