A loan of $375 helped to buy sheep.


Catalina Maruja's story

Catalina, 58, was born in Pucyura district. Currently, Catalina lives in the city of Cusco with her husband and 5 children. Pucyura is located 30 minutes from the city of Cusco.

Catalina sells children’s clothing. She has a sales stand in the El Molino shopping center in Cusco. She can be found there seven days a week from 9am until 8pm. Catalina tells us that six years ago she was an itinerant merchant along Ejército Avenue in Cusco but now she has a stand in the shopping center.

She also raises small farm animals like sheep, guinea pigs and chickens that she buys newborn at Inquilpata farmers market to fatten up and later sell at markets in Izcuchaca and Cusco. She has been in this business for three years now and does well thanks to the effort she puts into it.

Eugenia expects to get 1000 new soles in her next loan that she’d like to use to buy sheep.

The “Señor de Ccoyllority Cachimayo” (Lord of Ccoyllority Cachimayo) has been in operation for three and a half years; Eugenia has been a member for three years and does well.

The members of this communal bank are devoted to Taytacha Ccoyllority (Lord of the Shining Snow) and this is why they named their communal bank thus.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz



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