A loan of $350 helped to invest in the purchase of synthetic wool and transportation to the city of Cusco. She will also use part of the money to feed her children and to improve the house in which they live.


María Belén's story

This member belongs to the communal bank, "Colquecancha." She lives in the community of Raqchi, which belongs to the province of Urubamba in the department of Cusco. Our member is señora María Belén. She is 39, is married, and has 6 children. She alternates her activities at home with agriculture and raising young animals (guinea pigs, pigs, ducks, chickens, and hens). She also makes hand-made goods. She started this trade to improve her family's economic situation. She saw that some of the other members of the community were starting informal businesses selling hand-made goods at the viewpoint in Raqchi, and she learned to weave by hand. She started her business little by little, and still today she takes her weavings to display at this viewpoint. She is part of a group of women in the community who alternate their trips to the viewpoint so all of them are benefited by the rich tourism of the Inca Valley. She is requesting a loan to invest in the purchase of synthetic wool and transportation to the city of Cusco. Part of this money will also go towards feeding her children and improving the house in which they live a little. She is thankful to all of the investors that make this dream possible, and she promises to pay back her debt in the established time period.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Tanya Harper



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