A loan of $600 helped to buy rice, sugar, beverages, and other food products.

Yolanda's story

Yolanda, 54, is married to Humberto, with whom she has four children. Only one lives with them, however: Nelson, whom she raises in her own house.

Yolanda earns her living raising sheep. She looks after them very carefully and feeds them constantly because she depends on selling them in the city market. "I get more income selling meat. Besides, I like it," says Yolanda, who also opened a grocery store in her house where she sells basic necessities. "The money doesn't flow there," she says. "You have to buy food that will sell in two or three days."

She needs money to be able to strengthen her business. She can't mix the incomes because, as she herself says, each business has its own working capital.

Yolanda will invest the 1500 soles [PEN] in food products for the store she has in her house, such as rice, sugar, and all types of beverages.

Also, she's committed to making her payments punctually.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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