A loan of $1,200 helped to buy 50 cases of soda, and flour, sweets, and other non-perishable items to deliver to other locations.


Belen's story

Belén, 55, is modest, friendly, and always confronts challenges. She and Walter, her husband of 34 years, worked hard to provide for their four children, who are now independent adults. She and her husband live in their own house and work daily to save for their later years. Belén sells a variety of items such as soda, flour, sweets, and packaged goods to customers in the city's neighborhoods. Every two weeks, she delivers her inventory by boat in trips that last up to a week. Her husband helps her load the heavy merchandise. The business has been running for 10 years and is prospering. When they are in the city, she helps her husband make iron doors and windows. They also have a motor taxi that they rent to a driver for a daily fee. She feels that she has learned and progressed a lot during her years working and is happy to have her own income and be able to set her schedule. She enjoys and feels more secure working with her husband. She expects to keep working and wants to increase her capital to be able to deliver more products. She will use the loan of 3000 soles to buy 50 cases of soda, and flour, sweets, and other non-perishable items to deliver to other locations.

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