A loan of $4,675 helped a member for the purchase of fertilizer, seeds and animal food.

Los Girasoles De Rumichaca Baja Group's story

We went to the city of Urubamba to visit the "Los girasoles D. Rumichaca D. Baja" ("the Sunflowers of Rumichaca D. Baja") group. Urubamba is an hour and 10 minutes form the city of Cusco, but the members meet in the community of Rumichaca, which is 10 minutes from the city of Urubamba. The city of Urubamba is known for being part of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, and is on the way to the Incan citadels of Ollantaytambo and Machupichu (the eighth wonder of the world). The main economic activities of the villagers of Rumichaca incluD. crafts, livestock and tourism. The "Rumichaca Baja" community bank is composed of 20 hard-working and enterprising women. The majority of the members decided to open their own businesses such as: food sales; raising small animals; jora [a corn variety] and chicha [maize liquor] sales; vegetable sales; bean sales; corn sales; and grocery sales.
In the meeting, we picked a member at random, and it was Miss Vistacion who answered us very kindly. She is 42, married, and a native of Urubamba. She has six children (Rosemary, 22; Carla, 20; Cynthia, 15; Maria, 9; Gisela, 6; and Fabricio, 3). She raises small animals such as pigs, guinea pigs and chicken, and she is also engaged in livestock and agriculture. Visitacion sells her agricultural products in the Urubamba market on Wednesdays. Her complementary economic activity is selling maize liquor on Mondays and Thursdays. She has belonged to the community bank for 10 years and it has gone very well for her. She needs this loan for her agriculture and livestock. Part is for purchasing fertilizer and seeds, and the other part is for food for her animals.

In this group: Vicitasion, Florencia, Tomasa, Victoria, Juana, Benedicta, Rosa, Marcosa, Cristina, Sonia, Teodora, Soledad, Aydee*, Leonor, Yony, Norma, Josefina, Gaby Luisa, Magdely, Margot
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Christine Cooper

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