A loan of $850 helped will be invested in the purchase of rice and cooking oil and in the acquisition of a cart from which to sell fast food (salchipapas).

Juana's story

Juana, a member of the communal bank "Las Orquídeas", lives in the region and province of San Martín, in the Tarapoto district. She works selling juanes, a popular local dish of chicken, rice, olives and spices wrapped in a large banana-like leaf. She runs her business from the front wall of her home at 1393 Jr. Leoncio Prado; her clients come to the site to enjoy her food and she prepares her food there before making deliveries to clients and to fast food stores that distribute her products.

With this loan for 2500 Peruvian soles, which she will repay in 6 months, she will invest in the purchase of rice by the sack and cooking oil by the gallon. She also wants to launch a business selling salchipapas, a popular fast food. To do so she needs to buy a cart from which to sell the salchipapas and the ingredients she will need to make the business a success, such as ketchup, mustard, and soft drinks in a variety of brands, sizes and flavors. She will also buy the ingredients she uses daily to prepare her juanes, including chicken, the big bajao leaves she wraps the chicken and rice in, olives, etc., in order to serve her clients and fill her orders.

Juana is 44 years old and lives with her husband. She is a responsible, cautious and hard working woman. Her goal is to launch the new business selling salchipapas at night.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Erin Corcoran

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