A loan of $4,625 helped a member to plant grass on her farm.

Mujeres En Accion Group's story

The “Mujeres en Acción” (Women in Action) Communal Bank is currently in its 16th cycle. It is comprised of hard-working and enterprising people who always look for opportunities to get ahead. With their daily effort they are looking to give their children a better future. The communal bank’s meetings are every 30 days. They meet in Benedicta’s house. She is a member, and her house is located in the Compone community in Anta. The Componte community is 45 minutes from the city of Cusco. Most of the inhabitants work in agriculture and with livestock.

Benedicta is 35 years old, and she has two children. She was born in and lives in the Compone community in the Izcuchca district, Anta province. Two years ago Benedicta opened a grocery store in her home, and she sold food to her neighbors. She also sold corn, potatoes, “chicha de jora” (a traditional beverage of the area that is made of corn), yogurt, and cheese. She took her products to the city of Cusco to sell.

Now Benedicta has changed businesses. She raises small animals like guinea pigs. She used the small amount of capital that she had to prepare to raise animals and to build a small shed. She started raising seven guinea pigs. She currently has 15 guinea pigs. The specialists in the Anta municipality are training her.

The next loan that Benedicta hopes to receive is for 1,000 soles. At the present time the shed is modestly set up with the basic necessities. She would like to use the money to plant grass on her farm, which is at the side of her house. Grass is good food for the guinea pigs. Benedicta’s dream is to become an entrepreneur in the business of raising and selling small animals.

Benedicta is a founding member of the communal bank. They chose her to be the president because she is a punctual and responsible person. She has had this position three times. It is going very well thanks to the charisma and good will that she has.

In this group: Doris, Marlene, Virgilio, Avelina, Sabino*, Lucila, Benedicta, Carlota, Cirilo, Nancy, Antonia, Gregoria, David*, Paulino
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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