A loan of $2,850 helped a member buying seeds to replace lost crops.

San Cristobal De Aparquilla Group's story

This group of 13 belongs to the community bank San Cristobal D. Aparquilla. They live in Aparquilla Anta, Cusco, and meet once a month at the community center in Aparquilla. Each group member works in retail. Cirila and Juana sell vegetables. Melchora, Julia and Ysabel deal sell small animals. Herminia sells groceries, and Fermin sells animal feed. Marina sells grain.

The group is concerned that their sales will be affected by a bridge to Izcuchaca that gave way during recent floods. For a while, they couldn't sell their products in other cities in Cusco. They got creative, though, and sold more products by finding an alternate route to the city of Cusco itself.

One group member is Cirila, a 62-year-old married woman with children. Although she doesn't have much formal education, she was able to open a small business buying and selling vegetables. She will use her portion of this loan to buy seeds. Flooding has damaged a number of farms belonging to group members, including Cirila's. They've lost their crops and need to repair rain damage. The group really appreciates this opportunity, and pledge to repay their loan on time.

In this group: Cirila, Herminia, Juana Dolores, Melchora, Fermin, Juana, Julia, Raimundo, Marina, Isabel, Gumercindo, Yony, Juan

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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