A loan of $4,900 helped a member to set up her handicraft and homestay tourism business.

Apu Anta Killka Group's story

The group members belong to the Apu Anta Killka communal bank. They live in the Chinchero district, 30 minutes from the city of Cusco.

The group members work in retail sales. Among the bank members, 70% of the members work completely in handicrafts, others are tour guides in the area, two are teachers, one is a builder, another is a carpenter, another sells food and another sells salchipapas. Celsa A. has 3 children and she is married. Her husband is a builder and she has a handicraft shop near the former plaza of Chinchero. She plans to join together with other artisans and among them, they will provide lodging to tourists. They are active in homestay tourism in the Chinchero area – they have tour guides that speak English and explain the area customs, weavings, handicrafts and gastronomy to the visitors. They will provide lodging for the visitors in their respective homes, thus implementing everything and increasing their products to set up their businesses. Celsa is requesting a loan to set up her handicraft shop and make housing improvements so that she can receive tourists in her home and house them with all of the possible commodities.

All of the group members are grateful for the opportunity provided and promise to make their loan repayments according to the established schedule.

In this group: Vilma*, Manuela, Gregoria, Irma, Celsa, Alejandra, Santiago, Carolina*, Marcelina, Luzgardo, Hilda, Estefania, Abelardo, Maria Dolores, Victoriano
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Kathleen O'Connell

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