A loan of $2,150 helped a member to buy groceries, including: rice, sugar, milk, cooking oil, and cookies.

Virgen Natividad De Chuso Group's story

These individuals belong to the communal bank "Virgn Natividad de Chuso." This bank is located in the Chinchero district, which is in Urubamba province in the department of Cusco.

Elena, 43, is a member of this group. She is married and has 5 children. She works in her business, which is a small grocery store. She sells consumer staples such as rice, sugar, milk and cookies. Elena also has a business raising animals such as pigs and guinea pigs, and she cultivates a plot of land where she grows potatoes, carrots, and tomatoes. She later takes her products to sell in the various markets in Anta. Elena works from 8am until 5pm. She has been farming for 10 years. Her dream is to expand her grocery store business. She is requesting a loan to buy groceries such as rice, sugar, milk, cooking oil and cookies.

The members who are seen in the inserted pictures had their pictures taken later because they requested permission to miss the group picture for work reasons. The woman whose face is covered with a circle no longer belongs to the communal bank "Virgen Natividad de Chuso." The other members of this group have businesses including: farming, selling cows, selling fried chicken, and raising animals.

Elena thanks all of those who are helping her to make her dream a reality through these means. She promises to make her payments according to the established schedule.

In this group: Vilma, Pedro, Wenceslao, Amilcar, Laureano, Dominga, Elena, Silveriana, Ruth Mery, Lorenza, Maritza , Olivia

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar

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