A loan of $1,600 helped to buy rice, fish, soda, and other provisions.

Ángela Teodora's story

In the city of Charapoto the communal bank Salud Y Vida (Health and Life) meets every fifteen days. This town is known for its traditional culture and for being a few minutes from two of the greatest beaches in the province, which are San Jacinto and San Clemente.

This is where Señora Ángela lives. She is 56 years old and has a common law marriage out of which she has two children. They are grown but her younger daughter lives with her. Her husband is a driver.

Doña Ángela has a small diner in the center of the city. She works every day from 5:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. just to prepare breakfasts and lunches. Her special is breaded fish and seafood in general; her customers love her dishes which is why they prefer her. Her daughter helps with the business. They have had more than 15 years with the business and it is going very well.

This loan is to buy rice, fish, soda, and other provisions in order to prepare her food. She is a founding member of the communal bank and likes it because the loans help them a lot. Her dream is to have her own business locale because the place where she has her restaurant belongs to her mother-in-law.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Stephanie Sawyer

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