A loan of $4,175 helped a member for the purchase of cheese, vegetables, rice, sugar, potatoes, and sodas.

San José Group's story

The San José Community Bank is beginning in its third loan cycle with 21 members. The members are from the YanamilL. community, located in the outskirts of Ayacucho.

The members have different business such as selling wood, cereals, general groceries, food, drinks, handicrafts, tubers, and offering transportation services.

Such is the case with Juliana, who is 42 years old, has a live-in partner and 4 children. Juliana sells vegetables in Ayacucho’s jungle, where she travels weekly, and in the jungle she purchases fruits that she sells in the wholesale food market in the city.

Vilma is 32 years old, has a live-in partner and 2 children. Vilma has a shop in her house where she sells groceries, vegetables, meat, and chicken. She does this with the help of her husband.

The group members need different amounts of loans such as 300 PEN, 600 PEN, 900 PEN, 1000 PEN, making a total of 12.600 PEN in loans at the Community Bank.

Their loans will be invested in the purchase of cheese, vegetables, rice, sugar, potatoes, and sodas.

The dreams of the group members are to roof their house, have their own house, have their children become professionals, to improve their business, and to be wholesalers.

In this group: Juliana Elisa, Vilma, Antonia, Ana Melva, Graciela, Edilbertha, Marina, Lucia, Senobia, Aniceta, Vilma, Ida, Felix, Basilia, Rosa, Ysabel, Virginia, Lidiana, Vilma, Francisca, Marivel

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Kathleen O'Connell

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