A loan of $4,725 helped a member to buy merchandise.


Virgen De Copacabana Group's story

The “Virgen D. Copacabana” (Our Lady of Copacabana) communal bank is united and responsible with respect to its loan repayments.

Hilaria is the group president and has been a merchant for several years because she needs to help her husband meet household expenses. She started out selling clothing and other products; now, she only sells cheese. On weekends, she goes to a part of Lima known as Huarochiri to buy the cheese for her discerning customers. This business has been very satisfying for her in that she has been able to get to know this place and look for better prices so that she can earn higher profits.

The group treasurer is Jorge. He sells tubers in one of Huaycan’s markets. He has been in this line of work for 13 years and it has allowed him to support his three children, who are still school-aged. Jorge is happy with the loan and is very responsible and strict with the group.

Edith is a member who, with much effort and with help from her husband, was able to purchase a mototaxi (three-wheel vehicle used to transport passengers and cargo). Because she must care for her young daughter, she leases the mototaxi to a trustworthy person. She provides public transportation services during weekends to earn extra income for her home.

The entire group appreciates the loans granted by KIVA and EDAPROSPO.

In this group: Maria Luisa*, Hilaria, Teodora, Felicitas, Yuli Isabel, Olga Hortencia, Edith, Odilia, Margarita, Yeni Lilian, Clementina, Nelida Erika, Faustina, Jorge
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz



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