A loan of $1,050 helped she needs a loan to buy more food, such as rice, mild, pasta, oils, and other products.

Gloria's story

Gloria is 31 years old, married, and she has five children. She is a native of Urubamba (Department of Cuzco) and is a member of the José Carlos Mariátegui Communal Bank (Arariwa Association). A hard-working enterprising woman, Gloria gets up early to do household chores, such as making breakfast and lunch for her children. At 7 a.m., she then goes to the Urubamba Central Market to run her small business (food sales). She needs a loan to buy more food, such as rice, milk, pasta, oils, and other commodities. This is the time of the year when sales are greatest. She is grateful for the opportunity offered by this means, and commits to repay the loan on schedule. In the heart of Valle Sagrado (Sacred Valley), Urubamba is 78 km. from Cuzco, about one and a half hours travel. In pre-Hispanic times, it was a large agricultural center.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Mary Jane Wilkie

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