A loan of $3,175 helped a member the members request the loan to construct a shed, buy corregated zinc sheets, wood, wire mesh, and 100 guinea pigs.

Pumamarca Group's story

The city of Pumamarca is a community that forms part of the district of San Jerónimo in the larger city of Cusco. Pumamarca is characterized by having agricultural and livestock zones. Several years ago a group of neighbors and friends formed a communal bank called Pumamarca, currently in its 7th loan cycle. The communal bank consists of 14 hardworking, entrepreneurial women who look at every moment for opportunities to move ahead and with daily effort deliver a better future to their children. This is a communal bank formed by members who live in the community of Pumamarca. The economic activities of the members are for example, the sale of guinea pigs, flowers, food, vegetables, small animals, plants, and wood furniture. Cusco is a city that is characterized by its archeological areas, the historic center, the countryside, and its history, being one of the most enchanting cities of the southern region of the country.

Dionicia is part of the communal bank Pumamarca. She is married and has 6 children. Dionicia tells us with great pride that her older children are studying in the National University San Antonio Abbot of Cusco. Oscar is 26, Cesar 24, and Norma 21. Rene is 15 years old, Jessica 8, and Darci 6. All of them are students. The older sons study professional careers of Mining Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Electrical Engineering respectively. The younger children study in high school.

Dionicia works selling vegetables. From Monday to Friday she sells her products by walking around the areas of he Cascaparo market which is near San Pedro, the central market of Cusco. On Saturday she sells her products in the market of Huancaro and on Sunday in the market of San Sebastian. Dionicia also works selling small animals like guinea pigs. The member requests a loan to build a shed, buy sheets of zinc, wood, wire mesh, and 100 guinea pigs.

The members in general are grateful for the opportunity offered and commit to complying with the payment of their different amounts in the established time periods.

In this group: Dionicia, Gabriela Dolores , Ana Maria, Rosario, Agustina, Emiliana, Felicitas, Alicia, Aquilina, Juliana, Asunta, Bibiana, Aquilino, Valentina

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Daniel Burke

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