A loan of $3,500 helped a member purchase more wood.

Mamacha Rosario - Huancarani Group's story

The Mamacha Rosario community bank is maD. up of hard-working, charismatic, happy men and women struggling everyday to succeed along with their families. They live in the Huancarani district of the province of Paucartambo in the Cusco department. Huancarani is more than 3600 meters (11,800 ft) above sea level.

Huancarani is a rural area like many in Peru where extreme poverty and the lack of opportunities are the greatest obstacles that the residents face in succeeding, and if that weren't enough the authorities do little to support them. For that reason the majority of the residents started their own businesses. Chief among these are farming, raising cattle, and making crafts---done chiefly by the elderly or women since the rest of the population heads to other communities where activities incluD.: driving, lumber traD., craft making, business and service employment, but mainly construction work.

Claudio is 41, lives in Huancarani, is married with 6 children and makes a living as a carpenter, while his wife, Virginia who makes crafts. Claudio needs the loan to buy more wood. (Partners Efraín, Juan Carlos and Nazario appear in the lower part of the photograph as they asked for permission to be excused from the meeting).

In this group: Claudio, Efrain, Luzmila, Porfirio, Felicitas, Juan Carlos, Feliciana, Asciencia, Alejandrina, Celia, Nazario, Delia

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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