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Total loan: $5,800
CUSCO, Cusco, Peru / Health
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Salud Group's loan finished fundraising,
but these similar borrowers just need a little more help to reach their goals!
A loan helped to purchase natural health products.
Salud Group's story
The village bank "Salud" ("Health" in English) is comprised of 17 enterprising members from Cusco, which is located in the Southern Andean mountains of Peru. Since their last loan, three members have left the village bank and three new members have joined. One member is Catalina, who is in her 50s. About one year ago, Catalina opened a store selling natural health products, such as capsules made from plants and roots. Her loan will help Catalina purchase more products from a wholesaler in Cusco. Catalina used to sell salchipapas (a Peruvian dish made of fried potatoes and sausages) in the evenings but she no longer has time for that business now that she is focusing all her energy on her new venture. Catalina's store is currently located inside a block away from the street. She hopes that in the future she will be able to open another location in a storefront facing the street. The other members of the village bank are teachers, public sector workers, secretaries, and vendors of stuffed animals, among other activities.