A loan of $925 helped purchase a photocopy machine and cooking utensils.

Marlene Yolanda's story

Marlene is a member of the "Let's Advance Together" Community Bank. She is married with four children, ages 19, 14, 8 and 6 whom are still in school. Marlene opened a convenience store in her house because in her neighborhood there wasn't one near by. One day Marlene went out to to purchase supplies from a near by store and when she returned she discovered that her store had been robbed. Marlene has operated the store for 5 years with the help of her children. In the mornings, Marlene works in the market at a booth selling plastic and disposable container that she inherited when her sister passed away. She is requesting a loan of 3000 soles to purchase a photocopy machine and cooking utensils to put in her convenience store. Since she has joined FINCA, Marlene has been able to pay off her debts. Through the Community Bank's lectures, FINCA has helped her begin saving and using accounting techniques in her store. Marlene's goal is to be come a disposable container wholesaler.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jordan Shanker

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