A loan of $4,050 helped a member buying corn, corn husks, sugar, eggs, raisins and many more supplies.

Sumac Puririsun Group's story

The “Sumac Puririsun” communal bank is currently in its third loan cycle. It is made up of hard-working and enterprising people who are always looking for opportunities to get ahead and to give their children a better future through their daily efforts. The communal bank's meetings are held every 30 days at the central office of the Arariwa Association.

The economic activities of some of the members are, for example, selling food, selling hens and guinea pigs, selling handicrafts, selling hay, selling stuffed peppers, and selling tamales. Other members provide services such as child care and manual labor.

Neil is 24 years old and has one child. She was born in Cusipata district, located 45 minutes from the city of Cusco, and she currently lives in the city of Cusco. Since she was 11 years old, Neil has been surrounded by the business of selling tamales. Her sister-in-law Nayda went into the business of preparing tamales, and Neil helped her sell the tamales in the buses that travel from the city of Sicuani to Cusco. She got into the buses and asked the drivers if she could offer her tamales to the passengers. Several years ago, she got married and had to come live in the city of Cusco to be with her husband.

Determined to start a new life, she moved to Cusco. She used her savings to prepare tamales and sell them at the bus station in Cusco, where she gets on the buses and offers them to the travelers. She can be found at the terminal 7 days a week, from 5 in the morning until 6 in the evening, or until the tamales run out. She sells tamales in two varieties, sweet and savory, at a price of 0.50 soles each.

For her next loan, Neil hopes to receive 1000 Peruvian soles. She would like to buy corn, corn husks, sugar, eggs, raisins and many more ingredients. At present, Neil is worried because the director of the bus terminal wants to evict her; he is requiring her to rent a sales stand, but she does not have enough money to rent one. Her dream is to open a small food store in her home, and she would like to become a microentrepreneur.

In this group: Gloria, Neil Nataly, Etelvina, Luz Marina, Leslie Hindira, Jaime, Yuri, Valentina, Lourdes, Dominga, Clotilde, Hilaria, Ines Milagros

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Patricia Linderman

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