A loan of $2,625 helped a member buy oscilloscope, cooking ingredients, add credit to cell phones.

Killa Group's story

The Killa (“Moon” in Quechua) Village Bank is a newly formed group of 12 people (three men and nine women) who live in Cusco, Peru. The group is very excited about starting its first loan cycle. On Tuesday night, they celebrated with a toast and cookies. The group’s president urged the group to work together and show solidarity with members who might need a little extra help so as to avoid any potential problems in the future.

The group members all work in the city of Cusco and are involved with a variety of different businesses. Luis H. is an electrical technician and works independently servicing hotels, private homes and Internet cafes. He plans to use his loan of 800 soles to buy an oscilloscope, which costs 1,100 soles. (He will add 300 soles of his savings to his loan money).

Catherine Eulalia C., the group’s president, works as a cashier at a local money exchange. She also runs her own ice-cream shop as a side business and plans to use her loan of 700 soles to purchase cones and different flavors of ice cream.

Rosa runs a café called “Cuántica Mun,” where she sells salchipapas (French fries served with hot dog slices), milanesas (breaded chicken patties) and other snacks. She has had her restaurant for almost two years now. She plans to use her loan of 800 soles to help her open up a laundrymat in San Blas, an artisans’ neighborhood very popular with tourists.

Flor de Maria P. also has her own bar/restaurant in central Cusco, where she serves international food as well as local dishes like lomo saltado (beef sautéed with French fries and vegetables and served on rice), stews and steaks. She plans to use her loan of 800 soles to buy beer for the restaurant and to expand the kitchen.

Several other group members sell cell-phone calls. They plan to use their loans to add more calling credit to their phones.

The group has pledged to work together and repay its Kiva loan on time and in full.

In this group: Victor Raul, Flor De Maria, Elizabeth, Mercedes Antonia, Rosa, Olga, Flora Maria, Catherin Eulalia, Shenvy Arely, Luis Gerardo, Jhon, Margot Mercedes

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