A loan of $375 helped purchase sugar, soya beans, barley, new buckets, glasses and a table.

Lili's story

Lili belongs to the Community Bank "Solidarity makes strength". She lives at No.234, Manco Inca and 9th of April avenues, in the district of Tarapoto and the Department of San Martin. She is 56 years old and is the mother of 3 children who are still dependent on her. She is a cohabitee and her partner works as a welder in the villages and it is he who helps her with the household expenses.

Lili decided on her own initiative to sell soft drinks in the centre of the town, which she has been doing for many years now. Currently she is continuing with the same business, but seeing many peoplecoming and going to the cemetery where there is a lot of passing traffic she decided to locate herself at the cemetery door, where her customers know how good her drinks taste. This helps her to obtain an income with which to pay the monthly loan repayments.

With this loan of 1200 soles which will be repaid in six months, she will buy one sack of sugar, one sack of soya beans, barley by the kilo, new buckets, glasses and a table. Lili has maD. clear her delight at belonging to Maunela Ramos for the help which they've given her.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer katy long

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