A loan of $3,725 helped a member to buy guinea pigs.

Puka Pukayoq Group's story

The Puka Pukayoq community bank has 12 hard-working and enterprising female members, and is currently in its sixth cycle. These women are always looking for opportunities to get ahead, and strive daily to proviD. a better future for their children. The bank is represented by its president, Mercedes; secretary, Brigida; treasurer, Valentina; and auditor, Paulina. The members meet every 30 days in Valentina's home, which she has very happily opened to them.
Examples of members' activities incluD. the sale of food and chicha (liquor); raising small animals such as guinea pigs; and vegetable sales. Other members offer services such as bricklaying for the municipality of Pachar.

Mercedes is 34, has two children and lives in the Pachar community. She tells us: "In my community bank 'Puka Pukayoq', there are 12 of us and they elected me as a representative to tell you about my activities". She mainly raises small animals such as guinea pigs. Her storehouse is in the Yanahuara community. She has been doing this for two years and it is going very well. Mercedes is requesting this loan to buy 20 to 30 guinea pigs. A pair of guinea pigs costs between 15 and 20 soles depending on the breed. She buys guinea pigs in the Urubamba and puente Grau markets in Cusco.

In this group: Mercedes, Brigida, Gerbacio, Paulina, Genara, Valentina, Lucy, Mercedes, Jesusa, Eusebia, Herni*, Celso

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Christine Cooper

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