A loan of $3,650 helped a member purchase maize and beer to make chicha de jora.

Cristo Asencion De Rumichaca Group's story

The “Cristo Asencion de Rumichaca” community bank is currently in its 8th loan cycle and is made up of 11 hardworking entrepreneurs who are always looking for opportunities to grow. Through their daily work, they are building a better future for their children. The bank's meetings take place monthly in the community of Rumichaca. The community is an hour and 20 minutes from Cusco city, traveling along the same route as if you were visiting the Ollantaytambo ruins from Urubamba city. At each meeting, 3 members prepare food for the whole group.

The members sell chicha, clothing, eucalyptus trees, handcrafts, groceries, and vegetables. Other members raise small livestock (guinea pigs), or provide services such as bricklaying, carpentry, public transportation, and hospitality.

Ermitaña is 45 years old, married, and has 2 children. She was born in the community of Rumichaca and now lives in Pintacha, Urubamba. She tells us: "In my bank, Cristo Asencion de Rumichaca, there are 11 members. They have chosen me to represent the group and talk about my work."

Ermitaña sells chicha de jora (fermented beverage made from yellow maize). She has runs a picantería (restaurant serving shared plates, like a Peruvian tapas restaurant) in her home. She begins to work very early each day, preparing chicha and selling it from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Ermitaña sells Monday through Friday and her customers love the chicha she makes. She has been running this business for many years and it is going well. Ermitaña needs a loan for maize and beer to make the chicha.

In this group: Ermitania, Benedicto, Gregoria, Paulina, Emperatriz, Jose Donato, Jacinto, Rafaela, Dorotea, Roberto, Jose

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Vivian Lu

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