A loan of $725 helped buy sweaters, shawls, gloves, and "chullos" (Peruvian knit hats with ear flaps).


Percy's story

Percy is 40, married, and has four children who are still dependent upon him. Cesar is 18, Diego is 13, Valery is 8, and Luz Adriana is 3. Percy is a bricklayer. With much anguish he tells us that as the years pass the children grow and need more things. But, his salary as a bricklayer is insufficient. Therefore, Percy had to work at another business. He saw the opportunity to start selling handicrafts. Percy tells us that in the beginning it was difficult to open a small store selling handicrafts. He did not know much about the subject, and there was a lot of competition. In spite of the adversities, he was able to fulfill his dream of having his own store. He now has a stand in the Intipakari commercial center, which is located on the main avenue in the city of Cusco. Percy saw that the business was profitable, so he decided to open a small shop for making handicrafts. That way he is his own provider. He is a hard-working and responsible man. He did not hesitate for a minute to become part of the Sacsayhuaman Communal Bank. He has worked with Arariwa for several cycles. The loan is to buy sweaters, shawls, gloves, and "chullos" (Peruvian knit hats with ear flaps). He is grateful for the opportunity of the loan, and he promises to makes his payments on time.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish



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