A loan of $2,400 helped a member buy meat, fruit, flour, sugar, rice, vegetables, plants and replacement parts.


Santa Elena Group's story

The Santa Elena Village Bank is a newly formed bank that is starting out with 17 members, all of whom were invited by the loan officer. Most of the group members live in or near the Santa Elena neighborhood. The group members are involved in a variety of different activities. Some sell ornamental plants, fruits, small animals, dry goods (like rice and sugar), replacement parts, and vegetables; others work in transportation or bake bread. Some sell from home or on the street, while others sell in the marketplace or from door to door. The group members are requesting different loan amounts, like 300 or 450 soles. The group is requesting a total of 7,500 Peruvian soles. They will use the loans to buy meat, fruit, flour, sugar, rice, vegetables, plants and replacement parts. The group members dream that their children will grow up to be working professionals, of improving and expanding their businesses, and of having their own investment capital. Translated from Spanish by Cynthia McMurry, Kiva Fellow El Banco Comunal Santa Elena es un Banco Nuevo que recién inicia con 17 socias, todas ellas fueron invitadas por la promotora, la mayoría de ellas son del barrio de Santa Elena y sitios cercanos. Las socias realizan diferentes negocios como la venta plantas hornamentales, frutas, animales menores, abarrotes en general, repuestos, verduras, brindan servicios de transporte, elaboran panes. Sus ventas los realizan en sus domicilios, ambulantemente, de casa en casa y en mercados. Las socias necesitan diferentes montos de préstamos, algunos montos son de 300 soles y 450 soles, haciendo un total de 7,500 soles de préstamos en el Banco Comunal. Los préstamos lo invertirán en la compra carne, frutas, harina, azúcar, arroz, verduras, plantas y repuestos. Los sueños de las socias son que sus hijos sean profesionales, mejorar sus negocios, ampliar sus negocios y tener capital propio.

In this group: Janneth , Erika Margoth , Biviana Elena , Yeni , Clemente , Isabel , Anali Rocio , Betza , Melva , Antonia , Socorro , Zosimo , Alfredo , Maximiliana, Mercedes , Felix , Marcelina
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