A loan of $600 helped purchase of materials such as wood, paint thinner, and lacquer.


Rosa's story

Rosa lives in the city of Cusco, Peru. She is 40 and has four children, one of whom is living independently (Jorge, who is 22). The other three (Benito, 25; Mari Luz, 12; and Catherine, 6) still depend on their mother financially. Rosa balances her work at home with the operation of her small furniture-making workshop. Rosa tells us that she currently employs three people building furniture. She is both mother and father to her children, and is a member of the “Yanapakuy” Communal Bank, part of Asociación Arariwa. The word "yanapakuy" comes from the Quechua language and means "Let's help". She needs a loan of 600 dollars to invest in materials such as wood, paint thinner, and lacquer. Rosa is thankful for the opportunity offered by the lending process and promises to follow the repayment schedule.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catherine Fountain



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