A loan of $425 helped a member mercedes, Sonia and Balbina need loans of 400 Peruvian Nuevos Soles each, to invest in cookies, caramels, gums, sugar, rice, wool and dyes.

Mercedes Huamani Caceres Group's story

Mercedes, Sonia and Balbina are members of the Florecer Village Bank. Mercedes is a twenty-three-year-old mother of one son; she sells candy at the entrance of a school and also operates a small kiosk where she sells fruit, candies and cancha, a traditional corn snack. Sonia is a forty-year-old single woman who lives with her father and brother; she has a store in their house where she sells groceries, vegetables and fruit. Lastly, Balbina is a thirty-eight-year-old mother of five children; she works with her husband and children at fabric artisan work such as tapestries, walkways, and so forth.

Each of these women is seeking a loan of 400 Peruvian Nuevos Soles to invest in supplies necessary for their businesses (i.e., cookies, caramels, gums, sugar, rice, wool and dyes). All three women dream of expanding their businesses and exporting the products, eventually being able to own their own homes and their own cars.

In this group: Mercedes, Sonia, Balbina

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