A loan of $175 helped to buy supplies such as flour, sugar, butter, fruit and raisins to prepare the “chutas navideñas” for the Christmas festivities.

Graciela's story

Graciela is a native of the city of Urcos in the Quispicanchis province of the department of Cusco. She belongs to the communal bank "Qori Orcco," which is part of the Arariwa Association. The name of the bank has its origin in the Quechua language and translated into Spanish, means "Cerro de Oro" (Golden Hill).

Graciela is 43 years old, married and has 5 children that are dependent upon her: Kelly is 24 and studies hotel administration in the Instituto Superior, Anali is 23 and studies in the Instituto "San Rosa" to become a teacher, Jonatan is 17 and studies in the pre-entrance program of the National San Antonio Abad del Cusco University, Libeth and Roxana study in school.

Graciela alternates her activities in the home with her business selling bread. She has her own stand in the vicinity of the Plaza de Armos in Urcos. She tells us that from the time that she was very young she sold bread along with her mother from 4am until 9pm every day, but now she is independent. She rents an oven with a number of business partners and there she makes her own bread. Two years ago, she and her partners had the idea to make a special bread that they call "chuta navideña" that has the same characteristics of the chuta bread (a bread typically sold in Cusco that is soft and round and very large and has a characteristic aroma) but they add fruit and raisins. She has had her business selling chuta bread for a number of years now, and it has gone very well, thanks to all of the effort that she puts into her work. She is an enterprising and hardworking woman who, in spite of the difficulties in life, is managing to help her children become professionals. She needs a loan to buy more supplies such as flour, sugar, butter, fruit and raisins to prepare the chutas navideñas for the Christmas festivities, since this is the season when she can increase her sales.

She is very grateful for the opportunity provided through these means, and pledges to make her payments on time.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar

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