A loan of $875 helped to buy diverse grocery items.


Cristina's story

Cristina E. S. is 46 years old and lives in the hamlet of Campo Bello, in the district of Mache of the province of Otuzco, which is in the departament of La Libertad, Peru. She only studied up to grade 4 as that was all her school offered. She has 3 children and none of them depend on her financially.

She currently sells household items in her tiny grocery store located in her home in Campo Bello. She started her business because at the time, it was the only store in that area. She remembers the first loan she received from Manuela Ramos, 300 soles, she used to keep her store well stocked. She repaid it in 4 months. She says that she doesn't sell much now because there's a lot of competition.

With this loan of 2,500 soles ($1 US = 3 soles, approx.), she'll buy a cow and a calf in order to sell the milk and make curd. She'll repay the loan in 4 months.

Cristina is a member of the "Banco Comunal Mujeres" (Communal Women's Bank) of Mache and is a good associate. Her big dream is to own a beautiful stable full of cows and supply good milk to the entire community.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Beatriz Yuste


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