A loan of $950 helped purchase products such as sacks of rice and sugar, gallons of oil, and packages of soft drinks for her daily food preparation.


Juana's story

Juana belongs to "Orchids" community bank. She lives in Jr. Huascar in the Tarapoto district in the department of San Martín, Peru. She's a 44-year-old married mother of three, all grown up and independent. She started with 50 soles and on her own initiative decided to start her business and began selling snacks at a local school. Currently she continues doing the same job and now has a specially arranged kiosk inside the school where she sells prepared food such as tamales, different rice dishes, candy and other snacks, fried bananas, popcorn, along with soft drinks, juices and other beverages. With the loan of 3,000 soles, which she plans to repay in six months, she will purchase products such as sacks of rice and sugar, gallons of oil, and packages of soft drinks for her daily food preparation. Her main customers are the students, teachers and administrators at the school, and she makes the decisions of what to do with the earnings. Personally, she tells us that now she is very independent, secure and responsible with her payments. Juana gives her thanks to Kiva partner Manuela Ramos for allowing her to grow as a businesswoman and a person.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Marty Greenstein


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