A loan of $275 helped purchase of oil and potatoes as indgredients.

Carolina's story

Carolina is a member of the "Force and Power" Village Bank. Carolina is from Apurimac, cohabitant, 30 years old and has five children with ages of 14, 12, 10, and 7 that study at San Juan School and a 3 year old that attends nursery school.

Carolina started her business selling "papa rellana" (stuffed potatoes) eight years ago in the city and with the help of her spouse now has three street carts. Each day she rises very early to prepare the stuffed potatoes, which leaves her little time to attend to her children as the preparation is more work over time. Since she kept having more children and it become difficult to care for them and work, her husband found a job in construction and she decided to change and sell "salchi-papas" (a fried sausage and potatoe snack) which she sells from Monday to Friday from 5pm until 9:30pm and Saturdays she works cleaning houses, while attending to her children in the afternoon.

With FINCA Carolina's business has changed and she has learned to save. She buys ingredients wholesale so that she can earn more. She does not like to pay if other members lack resources, but she knows the rules of the village bank. She needs an 800 soles loan to buy oil and potatoes as ingredients for the preparation of the salchi-papas.

Carolina dreams of finishing the construction of her home and putting in a small grocery store. She has made a goal to achieve this in two years and with the help of her family and hard work, hopes to do so.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kahn

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